To say that living with a disability, especially here in Manila, can be challenging is a colossal understatement. We've seen way too many examples of people's utter lack of respect for the plight of handicapped Filipinos. What's more disheartening is the fact that it isn't just jerks stationing their cars in handicapped parking slots and next to PWD ramps--even the government can't seem to provide PWDs with the necessary support (hello, MRT elevators)! We have to tip our hat to the thousands of disabled folks who have to deal with this kind of crap on a daily basis.
The situation isn't just sad--it's downright depressing. This is why we're always eager to share something positive any time we're given the opportunity to do so, just to remind everybody that there are still a lot of good people out there. In the case of the Agence France-Presse video below, they're in the Polish city of Lodzare, where the deaf and the blind were given the opportunity to race cars. Driving schools volunteered their vehicles and trainers to teach the disabled racers how to maneuver their cars via tactile communication.
While the touching gesture was more symbolic than practical, you can't help but feel a little fuzzy inside seeing the contestants relish the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a car--something many of them have never experienced. The handicapped racers trained for two days prior to the event, and were under the watchful eye of instructors during the entirety of the course. Participants now hope that the race will break stereotypes and show the world what they are capable of in spite of their disabilities.
Come to think of it: Seeing this just highlights the squalid situation the handicapped have to deal with in our country. Maybe there are charities or organizations out there willing to put up something similar, just to remind everyone how a humane society should treat the disadvantaged. Hopefully, there comes a day when we no longer have to upload pictures of assholes parked next to PWD ramps.
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