Vol. 6, Issue 4 (2020)
Disability is a matter of perception
Author(s): Shubham Saini, Lakshaya Kumar Sharma
Abstract: The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Hubert Humphrey Persons with disabilities face discrimination and obstacles that obstruct them from contributing and participating in society on an equal basis with others every day. Disability refers to the disadvantage or restrictions of activity caused by the way society is organised which takes little or no account if people who have physical, sensory or mental impairments. Disability is an unfortunate part of human life which can affect not only the ordinary way of a living but also despair component strength and power. The protection guaranteed in the human rights treaties, and grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, should apply to all. Persons with disabilities have, however, remained largely ‘invisible’, often side-lined in the rights debate and unable to enjoy the full range of human rights. In recent years, there has been a revolutionary change in approach, globally, to close the protection gap and ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy the same standards of equality, rights and dignity as everyone else. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which was approved in 2006 and entered into force in 2008, motioned a ‘paradigm shift’ from traditional charity-oriented, medical-based approaches to disability to one based on human rights. The first part of this paper deals with the basic emergence and the initiation of the recognition of the rights of the persons with disability worldwide along with Indian perspective. Further, the authors will put some light on the International conventions and treaties that took place for the rights of persons with disability. The extent of this paper is to the present legislations and provisions recognising the rights of these people along with some of the judicial decisions recognising the same. To conclude that the People with Disability are also human beings and they should also enjoy the same rights as of a normal person. A person with disability is a person who is different abled.