By Nipun Malhotra:
Imagine the life of a child who loves reading books but can never visit a bookstore. A young man who stops visiting his physiotherapist because the hospital he has been to all his life, suddenly has a new staircase. Imagine a person living a stone’s throw away from a theatre but having never seen a film, there. And imagine being 29, educated, earning, yet, never being able to visit an ATM to access his own money.
I know you’ve imagined enough, but I ask you to imagine one last time. IMAGINE being rejected from a job because you cannot access something as basic as the toilet. I’m not trying to paint a fictitious morbid scenario, but am merely describing my life and that of 2.21% fellow Indians with disabilities, who experience the same barriers.
If you don’t believe me, watch this video of me and my friend Vinayana, when we decided to take a trip to Khan Market, one of Delhi’s most upmarket and bustling hubs for shopping, coffee, conversations and more.
Note: This video is a collaborative effort by Youth Ki Awaaz and CBM India, a leading disability and development organisation, as part of our #Access4All campaign. Please share it, and let’s all speak up about accessibility across schools, workplaces, transportation facilities and more. Join us in our efforts to help make India an accessible nation!