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Because I Am Differently Able, Not Disabled!
  15 Apr'2018

What if someone you know, someone you care immensely for is diagnosed with a medical condition? How will be their future? How will they cope up in the real world full of judgments?

 Experienced a spine chill when questions like these arise?   

The word 'disabled' is mostly related to people who are diagnosed particularly with some kind of mental and physical condition.  The word isn't totally incorrect – there are the conditions that often restrict normal functioning in major social situations. But the point remains, why are we calling them disabled?

 

Disabled vs. Differently Able

 

The first thing that comes to mind when labeling someone as 'disabled' is the action itself. People aren't and shouldn't be labeled as anything, least of all, disabled. Who they are as a person is not impacted by a medical condition and it surely doesn't contribute to their identity. While the labeling aspect is important to some, it isn't to most others.

The term disabled has not been favored in recent times with several alternatives cropping up. One of these is seeing more favor than others - 'differently able'people. This term is inclusive and offers an equal platform to those who fall under it.

 

What does it mean to be differently able?

 

People with mental or physical conditions are differently able because they possess a unique set of abilities and perspectives. Everybody has ability and everybody matters, it's all about acknowledging it. 'Differently able' doesn't hide the fact that your loved one has been diagnosed with a condition, but continues to empower them despite it.

 

The term differently able recognizes talent and value in everybody and treats them equallyMany differently people are known to flourish and rejoice in life with the right opportunity, support and love.

 

How can I help?

 

If you personally know someone with mental or physical conditions, the best way you can help is to provide them unconditional love, support and patience. Get in touch with experts at Narayan Seva Sansthan to understand the conditions and how they can affect their life. Knowledge is the best way to help those around you. You can also help by spreading the word and sensitizing people on the matters of mental conditions. Alternatively, you can also help substantially by volunteering as an individual or a group with NGOs like Narayan Seva Sansthan and making the lives of the differently able easier and happier.

You can contribute your time, money or labor. Even the smallest donations or a few hours every week can improve hundreds of lives around you.

Take action.

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