Changing Face of Disability Movement: From Charity to Empowerment

7 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2007

Date Written: February 20, 2007


The problem of disability and movement for disability is as old as mankind. Holy epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata have reference the issue of disability in terms of negative characters of Mnthara, Dhutrastra, and Sakuni. This has created negative impact on the mindset of people about persons with disabilities. During ancient time persons with disabilities were seen as sin or punishment by God for worn thing done in past life. This perception has changed over a period of time and persons with disabilities were looked at with pity and charity. But today they have proved themselves as normal citizens. It has been proved that disability lies in the social system and not within persons with disabilities themselves. They need their rights and equal opportunities instead of pity and charity. Disability movement worldwide and within India has a greater role to play in this transformation. This needs to strengthen further. Paper focuses on the changing face of disability movement from looking at persons with disability as a sin to charity mode and towards giving their rights and equal opportunities. Attempt here is on understanding the present disability movement in India with specific reference to international experiences and legal provisions for persons with disabilities. This will provide an important input for the social work professionals working in the area of disability.

Keywords: Disability Movement

Suggested Citation

Bhanushali, Dr Kishor, Changing Face of Disability Movement: From Charity to Empowerment (February 20, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Dr Kishor Bhanushali (Contact Author)

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