A few days ago, I read a post on TISA blog which inquired about scholarships on the basis of stammering. Dr. Akash replied that unless stammering is formally recognized as a handicap by the Government of India, scholarships couldn’t be granted. I also noticed a few comments which complained and fretted about the fact that Stammering is not identified as a handicap. I have an opinion on this…
Personally speaking, I do not endorse the idea and the need for stammering to be identified as a ‘handicap’. I feel it is ridiculous and a step backward by the PWS community. We, the PWS today are talking about acceptance and being accepted by the society the way we are. And to do this, we try to create awareness. We want society to give stammering it’s due. We don’t want the corporate to reject PWS candidates in job interviews purely on the basis of just stammering. That’s because we believe in our abilities and consider ourselves enough competent to make it big in our respective fields, despite our stammer. And we believe that stammering is not going to be any hindrance in the career paths of any profession. And by pleading for a ‘handicap’ status, we negate all this.
Stammering in India is not considered as a handicap, and we should be happy about this. It means others don’t look us differently and as having some disabilities. Then why are we forcing the world to believe that we are disabled, and need help and scholarships- just because we stutter? Do we want to see PWS given easy entries into colleges / IITs and IIMs and Government Jobs with relaxed cut-offs? Are we seeking sympathy and expecting the rules to be relaxed, because we stutter? How are we going to help ourselves with such a plea? In what way will it benefit us if we have reservations because of our stuttering?
Why should we be looking for Sympathy and Pity rather than looking for recognition and opportunities?
- Saturday February 17th 2018“Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know the answers. They will come when you least expect it.” ~ Seven Rules of Life … more
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