Reality of Being Special
Olorun maje, a phrase in Yoruba, a language spoken by the south westerners in Nigeria meaning God forbid could be the response of anyone who was asked if someone close to them is living with disabilities.
Even those that have got someone still choose to live in denial of the reality.
Where I come from, disability is a function of either a generational curse, vengeance of fore fathers wrong doing, severe calamities, affliction from witches and wizards or, a result of not obeying certain traditions, family bad luck and the list of worse interpretations is quite endless.
To this effect such persons are not to be associated with. Parents who have got children with physical challenges are isolated from the entire family, they are most of the times locked indoors even when the rest of the family is home. They are regarded as a disgrace to the family.
Some families even attempt to kill the challenged individual. While success is attained at some instances, others just resign to fate. In fairness to these families, one cannot totally heap the blame on them. Other agents of socialization in the society are not helping matters.
Religious institutions prefer to dupe the family either in cash or kind in the name of performing miracles, the educational institutions have no facilities to accommodate these special beings, on the part of the government, there are no laws enforcing protecting and providing for these ones, even the mass media really don’t consider these persons as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
It is very heart breaking that some of these bodies know exactly the right thing to do but have over time pretended it is nothing of importance as long as those in these capacity have no family member or friend living with disabilities, then there seems to be no cause for worry. Perhaps, most people are unaware that human and accidental factors have turned many to perpetual state of disability. Do people really prepare for the reality of life and in our society? What about the other sides that these special persons can bring to the development of the society towards ensuring a better place for all.
So, let’s together feel the pulse of these blessings to our society. Watch out for eye opening moments as we would be taking in perspective the life and living of a person with disabilities. It promises to be worth your reading time and energy.