Shadishori’s Story: Disability Rights and Education.
Shadishori heard about a disability project in 2007 when CBM’s partner organisation, NBJK were doing a survey in her village to find out how many people with disability there were. There were opportunities to get training, and she took up the chance to get 3 months of training as a nursing assistant, with the support of the project. Shadishori has a mobility impairment.
Through the project’s efforts, she learned a lot about disability rights, and she slowly realised that as well pushing for her own rights, she could do more to get others involved too. There was a block level DPO being formed, and so she got involved. She has helped about 30 people get the paperwork sorted out to apply for disability certification, and more recently 10 families to access toilets through a new government scheme.
Shadishori has also focused on convincing parents to enrol their children with disability into school, and two girls and one boy are now in school because of her efforts, and younger children with disability are now better linked to the Aganwadi centre. Keeping children with disability at school is a challenge. They often get teased and find it hard, so drop out. Children’s clubs have been set up in some schools supported by this project, and this can help change attitudes and reduce bullying.
Women like Shadishori are great role models in their community, and as DPOs strengthen and develop it is important to ensure that both women and men are take on leadership positions. Shadishori is the treasurer of her DPO.
NBJK has been working in Dhumka in disability rights for over a decade, and has now 2 active DPOs that function at District level. Seventy-three children with disability are now in school as a result of the project’s efforts.