Inclusion of people with disabilities outdoors

Avid trekker, nature lovers, or anyone who loves to sit by a quiet lake on a bright sunny day, can’t stand the buzz of trees, the breeze on the skin, and the warm sunshine that surrounds the body. Hmm. It’s too long. In addition, they cannot leave their freedom and enjoy the thrills of the outdoors. Great outdoors are always available to everyone. It’s your right to experience what it means to be open, such as cycling, skating, running, mountain climbing and sports. The outdoors are open to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Who is the disabled?

According to the United Nations, the term disabled is used by all disabled people, including those with physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disabilities, interacting with different attitudes and environmental barriers. Applies. Participate effectively in society on an equal footing with others.

But can people with disabilities actually live equally with others?

Imagine having to deal with an injury that takes a long time to heal. You may need to miss a morning run or adjust your diet a bit. You may give up on your planned trip because you cannot move or perform activities. It’s annoying. That long-awaited weekend ruined by injuries and temporary disabilities. Now imagine living a lifetime with that injury or disability. Imagine you never have the chance to see that beautiful sunrise. Take a leisurely walk in the park, cycle, ride, run or do whatever you want.

No. People with disabilities do not share the same opportunities as healthy people, but as they say, their fiery desires cannot be suppressed for long periods of time. There are always barriers to what you want to achieve, and you can overcome those barriers. There are always people who break stereotypes, go against grain, and accomplish extraordinary things.

Pave the way and break stereotypes

In 2018, a team of three blind climbers and ten healthy people from India and Israel made an expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro, about 5,895 meters above sea level. This was India’s first “comprehensive climb” to the highest summit in Africa. The inclusive rise was to question our rigorous views on people with disabilities and to break down the stereotypes that plague people with disabilities.

“Climbing was a big challenge, but we did it,” said Anusha Subrahmanyan, the leader of the expedition and working to raise awareness of outdoor inclusion. “Climbing, including Kilimanjaro, was attended by visually impaired and visible climbers. This sends a strong message that we are all part of the same society. Mountains and outdoors Why distinguish people when no one distinguishes? I have always believed that to change something, you must change yourself. Indeed, we are inclusive and beautiful. We can grow together. “

In 2019, Anuchus Bramanian, along with a blindly born Sanket Build, GOQii Trail Challenge It was a difficult 50km road meandering in Mandangad. It was a challenging path not only for Sanket, but for the other 120 strangely sighted participants. The challenge undertaken by Anusha and Sanket was to include people with disabilities outdoors and to raise awareness about less privileged people.

GTC 2019 Sanket Blirud (L) and Anusha Subramanian (R)

People with disabilities can see these various activities trying to break stereotypes by participating in marathons, tandem cycling with healthy people, or simply doing what they like. I will. Their obstacles. We believe that everyone, with or without disabilities, has the right to enjoy the outdoors and stay active.

Vishaka (L) Tandem Cycling and Anuchus Bramanian, Nightride Mumbai, December 2019

Last but not least Keep in mind that we are all similar in many ways than different. People with disabilities are normal human beings, who may be visually or hearing impaired or unable to walk, but have the same kind of interests as others. You need to take the time to get to know them. That way you can see how cool, fun and similar these people are. Please try for a while!


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