Disability Is Not A Curse

Disability Is Not A Curse

Disability is not a curse. Disability seems to be severely misunderstood in many underdeveloped countries worldwide. Many believe that disability is a curse.

 The Definition Of Disability

According to the World Health Organization, the definition of disability describes many types of physical or mental impairments and anything that causes limitations on daily activities. Disabilities can be caused by the following:

  • environmental factors
  • genetic factors
  • personal factors

the term disability is used when there is a difficulty in performing physical tasks like walking and facing discrimination in employment, transportation and education.

Sadly, there are many that have a negative idea about people with disabilities and believe that they are cursed. Others will use religion and say that the person with a disability must be evil and have sinned so bad that they were cursed.

Well, that’s a lot of sinners as there are more than 600 million people with disabilities all over the world. The fact is, around 80 percent of these people live in poor countries. In South Africa there is a lack of public health, education and social services that would support and protect people that are disabled. There are more people that have health problems than those that are disabled!

Disability is not a curse. It is a result of genetics and some people are just born with it. The biggest cause is pregnant mothers not having the right nutrition or eating something they shouldn’t have. Sometimes they have traumatic births and the baby suffers from oxygen loss and becomes mentally impaired.

Car accidents and occupational accidents can also cause a disability. There are many with spinal cord injuries due to accidents. Disability is not a curse.

Some diseases and infections also cause disabilities such as:

  • lung disease
  • diabetes
  • glaucoma
  • rheumatism
  • epilepsy