I was looking for an e-book to read when I come across ‘’the story of my life’’ written by Helen Adams. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Art (BA) degree in the United States and probably in the world – she and her teacher Anne Sullivan were made famous because of Keller’s autobiography. The autobiography book is ‘’the story of my life’’, she goes in detail about how she accomplishes these dreams of hers with the help of her teacher.

Her accomplishment motivated me to appreciate what I have and how we are living in a generation where we literary put little effort but achieve more, compared to centuries ago when things were hectic for those that lived the life. Now, we have smart everything (smartphones, smart watch among others) and everything is at the palm of our hands and wrist. I have received few criticisms about me throwing my country under the bus, when it comes to the truth and spreading awareness about health-related issues, I am not holding back for anyone – Nigeria is my country and highlighting the issues in the country is necessary for future improvement of the nation, so here is the facts.

I have mentioned this before but people with disability are the most disrespected individuals in Nigeria especially those from low-income families – the streets of Nigeria for example Kano state are full of disabled and non-disabled individuals begging for alms. These disabled individuals have already been brain washed, the communities and people around them are convincing them they are not worth anything, all their goals and dreams have been locked deep into their insecurities in their head. Only a handful of disabled individuals have not fall into that insecurity blackhole, these people can be seen doing manual jobs and personally they’re my role models, even though most of them are afraid of pursuing education, this is due to so many reasons but the main one is stigma, they’re afraid of been treated badly by their teachers and fellow students. Today is deaf-blindness awareness week, so I’m not going to keep ranting.

So, deaf-blindness is a combination of sight and hearing impairment that affect how individuals with the impairment communicate, access information and get around. These doesn’t mean they’re totally deaf or blind – most of them have some residual sight and/or hearing. If you like reading and helping people with and without disabilities, I’ll recommend reading the autobiography of Hellen. We don’t have to be disabled or have someone close to us with disability to read or understand what they’re going through. And if you’re not the bookworm type, just try and not judge them and try to understand them and be ready to help them in any way possible – the World health organisation have stated that more than half of the world’s population will experience disability during their lifespan.

If you’ve broken your hand, leg or anything in your body, you’ve experience disability. One thing we should remember is, if we help someone to achieve their goal or dream, they’ll always be thankful of you when they’re telling the story of how they achieve that goal. And trust me, seeing someone smiling because of you for something good you help or make them achieve is the best feeling. Speaking of people that help others achieve their dreams, I will give a thanks to my parents and close friends, they are the reason why I am where I am now! So, thank you.

Do you have a disabled friend or family member? How do you feel about being the reason behind someone’s smile?

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