It’s not surprising if any individual ever gave a thought “I’d rather be dead than disabled?” It’s not an unusual expression. Disability is commonly related to failure, with dependency and with not being able to do things. People feel sorry for disabled individuals because generally society considers this miserable to be disable and people just thank God and move on. But in fact we’re wrong. Surveys reveal that people with disabilities constantly have a better quality of life, or sometimes even much better than that of a normal individual’s.
It is true that in general, disabled people usually have fewer choices than able-bodied people. Most societies still have limited ease of understanding. Even in a barrier-free world, the disabled person is more likely to rely on motorized devices that at times break down, rendering the individual excluded or dependent. In a society like Pakistan, disable people are actually sympathized rather than encouraged. But it’s really amazing to see some of those disable people have that courage, passion, and enthusiasm to prove that disability is not an obstacle for them to live. Hussain Amir Ali is undoubtedly one of them.
Hussain, unaware of his age, claims to be approximately 35 years old. He was a bit different from others since his childhood but always willing to learn something new from the start. He lost his father at an early age and lives with his mother and elder brother. His personal needs were took care of by his elder brother who made him think that why he can’t do something of his own to contribute to family or just take care of his personal needs? Since then Hussain, who was misunderstood as a disabled child, decided to be independent and started his own business called “Hussain Creative Arts.”
“I want to earn for myself and for my mother. I want to stand on my feet and make the world understand my disability is not a problem for me. I can work as perfect as a normal person can.” Hussain learned his handicraft skills at the age of 30 from a school named Amynabad Community School which is located in the PIB colony. He first started to sell his work within his community. The items include decorated mud vase, mud pots, flower bottles and much more.
It’s been two to three years since Hussain is earning for himself. He smiled and said, “There were times when I was refused for jobs just because I wasn’t literate enough and couldn’t communicate well. But now I am happy for myself.” He can earn 2000 to 3000 rupees per month and is really optimistic about growing his business in future.
This perception of associating “dependency” with such people is getting common in our society, disabilities do make people differently abled but in a better way. They can be far more skillful and talented than healthy and normal individuals.If we always remembered this, perhaps we would turn out to be more accommodating of disability and less biased against disabled individuals. Don’t overlook gems like Hussain.