If you think that this is a new message and you will find some ground breaking insight or inspiration from this post; keep your expectations real just as us persons with disability have for all these years in this country. Having said that, this is the message from 2019 with added thoughts and opinions.
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep" ~ Robert Frost: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening"
Much work and effort has gone by from the last time I wrote to you on this day. However, I don't take much pride in my ability to influence change, because for me there is never an enough or it's done kind of situation. That is why I have referenced the poem by Robert Frost above: once upon a time a very famous email signature of every corporate employee ;)
Here is letting my hair down of what I have been losing sleep over:
1. Trying to get the message of WCAG compliance and making applications accessible to screen reader users to application developers like: SWIGGY, Ola!, Dunzo, Zomato, MakeMyTrip, ClearTrip, Zepto, BookMyShow
2. One on One meets/ visits over lunch Or dinner over the weekend with stakeholders who have the ability to influence the change I seek
3. Collaborating with NGO's in my city involved in rehabilitation for the visually impaired on various grounds
Friends/ Readers 3rd of December every year is celebrated as International Day for Persons with Disability, worldwide! You can read about the day and it's significance on this website
For me, it's an opportunity to connect with others who wish to know more about the various abilities that a person with disability can bring to the table. Also an opportunity to reach out to those organizations/ institutes/ influencers/ people and thank them for their efforts in enabling the disabled community. However; I would like to repeat my message from every year in the hope that it will reach a wider audience and they are able to make some sense of the situation and influence positive change in the lives of people with a disability.
There was darkness, it was an opportunity for us to invent the light bulb. There were distances that needed to be covered, it was an opportunity to invent the steam engine. Every challenge was an opportunity to invent, innovate, create something new that would change the lives of many for years to come. It changed how we did things and how we were limited physically. Today we can travel the farthest distances in hours, use the sea to transport goods and commodities, have so many ways to communicate like the telephone/ television and the ever growing internet etc.
My disability is an opportunity to be creative with everything I do on a everyday basis. It's also an opportunity for governments, teachers, engineers, doctors, product specialists, designers, architects etc. to be innovative and think creative to make a change in my life. It's an opportunity for many out there to get inspired to overcome their challenges. Let's celebrate this opportunity by being creative and innovative in our thinking and overcoming the everyday barriers one has to work with. This can be only done if we give ourselves a chance to acknowledge this opportunity in making a change.
Today 3rd December is International Day for Persons with Disability. It's an opportunity for us to embrace diversity and to be inclusive irrespective of age, gender, race, religion or disability. My message to all my readers is "Don't "Dis" my ability!!"
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