“Congratulations it’s a boy” these words can change the life of any parent as it takes nine months for their dream to get fulfill but sometimes denotement remains incomplete when they came to know that the baby born has a disability. Excluding few educated and sensible parents a high proportion in our society raise these children keeping in mind that no one can fight with fate and what else you can do except compromise. We call them special children but somewhere in our brains a thought prevail considering them as a burden to society. The relationship between mind and heart is same as that of words and actions, most often one is opposite to other. We call these little angels special but practically we are treating them as unpretentious creatures.
Special is a title given to one who has some extraordinary quality which is not common and deserves appreciation and attention. It is a scientifically proven fact that disabled children have some innate abilities which become evident only in those handled with great care but in our society despite of exploring the hidden qualities, understanding their sensitive nature, parents feels ashamed of having such child and avoid introducing them to their friends. If we ignore a normal child it would definitely have a devastating impact on his personality but no one thinks that the same behavior with a child who is special, different from normal, require extra response would completely destroy his life.
In Quran it is clearly mentioned; “Not for (idle) sport did We create the heavens and the earth and all that is between!” (Al-Anbiyaa’ 21:16) We as Muslims have a strong belief in that but still we are going in opposite direction which is a big dilemma. There are many examples present in world where these special creatures have proven themselves distinctive and peculiar one’s through their remarkable achievements. Nick Vujcic from Australia is the most common example who despite of not having limbs did what a normal person cannot do. He did his Bachelor’s in Commerce with double major’s in accountancy and financial planning from Griffith University and now working as motivational speaker. He is also a writer. His parents feel proud of having a son like Nick despite having other normal children. Nick is now happily married and has a normal son. He has proven himself special in real terms just due to support of his family and friends.
In Pakistan, this issue needs to be highlighted and emphasized strongly. There are many organizations built solely for treatment and education of special children but still a lot more is required. If we cast a glance then it become evident that most of the organizations are private, surviving on charity and funding from privileged people. The role of government is just like few drops added to the sea. Those very few institutes established by government lack proper management, decorum and resources. Government should take notice and give special attention as these cute angles are equally important for better future of Pakistan as others. Their institutions should have provided with equal amount of resources like in the schools of normal children.
The main problem lies in the mentality of our nation which is racing towards so called modernization but the variation in thinking ability is still constricted. We are those people who realize the value of a stone after losing it. We do not penetrate in to the facts deeply but make interpretations by just looking at the surface. A huge responsibility lies on the shoulders of youth of Pakistan to serve these children selflessly as their future is also associated with your time and attention. Just give them few hours whole heartedly and with pure dedication, in return you will get countless blessings and inner satisfaction. It is also a way of serving community in fact the best way of all. One smile on their faces will for sure remove all your tensions and stresses. Youth should also strive to change the mentality of people about this very important issue through different campaigns and arranging seminars. They should arrange lecture especially in rural areas and make people realize about the hidden talents of their child and should also motivate children to make them realize about their importance as an equal part of society.
By: Faiza Latif