On Crutches

12 December 2001 12:26

I had a very unfortunate and stupid accident in my bedroom early this morning when Mom woke me up for sahur (pre-dawn meal). Ended up with some torn ligaments around my right ankle. !@#$% And now I have to use crutches to go around. Since I'm on training at the moment, I can't really make use of the two day medical leave that the doctor issued so I just went ahead with my day. I now realize that most facilities (and people too for that matter) around here aren't really disabled people friendly. Sure you've got some special seats on the train for use by disabled people but just how on earth can you get across to the other platform when you've got to use a walk-over bridge with very steep steps? Not only that, if and when you board the train, those people (the very well abled) who are already seated on those seats meant for disabled people will just continue sitting there, with no regards whatsoever to those who are really in need of those seats. This ordeal has somewhat opened my eyes a bit to the plight of those disabled people. When I was studying abroad, I can't help but notice that almost everything everywhere was built with disabled people in mind, not to mention, that the people are very courteous too. So, it makes one wonder really, whether this society that we live in and belong to is really a developed society when simple things like courtesy and care for the disabled are often if not always overlooked...


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