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International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2011

I discovered early that the hardest thing to overcome is not a physical disability but the mental condition which it induces. The world, I found, has a way of taking a man pretty much at his own rating. If he permits his loss to make him embarrassed and apologetic, he will draw embarrassment from others. But if he gains his own respect, the respect of those around him comes easily.” – Alexander de Seversky, Author, Victory Through Air Power

Since 1992, the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on December 3 with an aim to increase the understanding of the issues around disabilities and attention to the dignity and rights of persons with disabilities.

With the core focus on their well being, this day provides an opportunity to try and understand the problems of the handicapped community. This occasion gives an opportunity to the community to express its solidarity with the disabled people and the handicapped draw inspiration to integrate themselves into the mainstream of social life.

Over the years, Asha’s work has brought about development in the lives of the disabled in the slums of Delhi. Our Higher Education and Financial Inclusion programmes cater to the needs of the disabled just as those of the able-bodied.

Subina, a resident from Mayapuri slum colony who got a business loan  to start a small tea stall in her area

Subina, a resident from Mayapuri slum colony who got a business loan
to start a small tea stall in her area

The disabled people take anything as a challenge. For them, their disability is not an inability, but through self-confidence and tireless efforts, they have proven time and again they can do anything equally well as the able-bodied. As an Asha supporter, we encourage you to support our work to enable us to continue working for the disabled in the Delhi slums.

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