In a new article on the Disability Horizons’ website, writer Zubee Kibria challenges these perceptions to help the Asian community understand that having a disability should not be seen as negative, but to support and treat disabled people equally to non-disabled people.
She believes that disability in the Asian community is still very much a taboo subject. Plus, being female adds even more challenges. When a disabled child is born, many Asian families assume that the individual will not be able to live a fulfilled and independent life due to a disability or health condition.
They think that being disabled is a life sentence, which means the person will be unhappy for the rest of their life, unable to get an education, find suitable work, live independently, get married or start a family. Having a disabled child can be seen as a curse and parents are blamed as a result.