Covid 19 has created a great impact globally. This 2020 era has completely changed some as positive and most as negative. This lock down has altered the lifestyle of people all over the world.
Yes, this applies for people with disabilities, especially when it comes to blind people like me it are a very big challenge to lead my day to day life. As blind people we always face the problem of accessibility in terms of information and environment. The problems that my blind community faced during this pandemic cannot be expressed in words.
There are numerous who lost their jobs. There are uncountable blind women who faced a lot health and mental issues since they are bounded to the four walls. There are a lot of blind students who faced accessible problems for continuing their education in online. There are blind people who faced emotional/psychological problems due to this prolonged pandemic. There are blind persons who lost their livelihood because of this pandemic and their families are facing great struggles.
The worst that COVID 19 has created in the life of each and every blind individual is the financial crisis. It will take nearly 2 to 3 years to overcome this financial crisis.
We are supported highly by the healthcare workers, doctors, and government during this period. Access to information is the major problem faced by blind people. There are so many technological apps that are introduced during this period. Access to those apps for the blind people is really a big question? Regarding social distance, day to day happenings all over the world, schemes introduced by the government especially for the people with disabilities all are the primary needs of the blind people. Equal access to information is same for the sighted people and for blind people also.
Still we need more support from our government and United Nations to come out from the effects of COVID 19. It is not a simple process. It will take more time and human effort to overcome this and to come back to our day to day normal life as before.
Also I take this opportunity to thank our government, service volunteers, health care department and NGO’s who worked hard for our safety and welfare, despite of so much hurdles and barriers.
Lets fight against this COVID 19 pandemic and have a safe world.