Disabled seek right to live with dignity

Kathmandu, December 3:

People living with disabilities (PLWD) today sought special consideration in policies and demanded a life with dignity.

Marking International Day of People with Disabilities, they highlighted the everyday problems faced by them. Differently-abled people chose to be called ‘this-able’ for their contribution in the development of the country.

A visually-impaired Sujan Dahal, who is a science student at Nobel Academy, shared the difficulties he faced to get through his studies.

“Had there been a provision of translating curriculum into braille, we would be facing less problems and more PLWDs would be enrolled,” said Dahal.

Another visually-impaired, Ganesh Prasad Adhikari, said to compete with normal people was not easy for PLWDs. He has been supporting his family financially and has been a teacher for 17 years.

Both reiterated that the Constituent Assembly should take the issues of the disabled into consideration while drafting a new inclusive constitution.

Purna Kumari Subedi, vice-chairperson of CA, said new constitution would ensure rights to the disabled people. She added two CA member would work according to the aspirations of the disabled people.

CA member Indra Maya Gurung said they had finalised the report to be submitted in the parliament.

After the submission of the report, she is hopeful for rectifying the ‘Disabled Convention-2006’.