A responsible approach to make our Planet Abled responsibly Yours
Sustainable Development Goal 4 strongly supports the reduction of persistent disparities among citizens be it in Education or Disability. Worldwide, in 2016, two thirds of the 957 million adults aged 15 and over who were unable to read and write were women. Children below age group of 6 to 13 years of age do not have an access to formal schooling and elementary education. Now if this is the scenario of normal population what about that section of society which are suffering from some form of disability. These questions chanced upon me when I was contemplating on the Vocational skills to be imparted to people suffering from certain disability.
Le Travel World of Mr. Sanjay Dang has created sensation who contributed more than 80 crores to the Travel Industry. His Vison is to envisage a new chapter in Tourism and travel. Dang’s vision impairment has never slowed him down. His degenerative vision disorder started when he was just two years old. He was diagnosed with congenital myopia and had completely lost his vision by the age of 25. Always positive in outlook, Dang took this as a challenge. He started listening to international radio broadcasts to learn about developments the world over. He attended the Army Public School in New Delhi and then went on to study at the Kendra Vidyalayas in Bareilly and Dehra Dun. Cultural and extracurricular activities became an intrinsic part of his life. Dang won awards in dramatics and also contributed to the school magazine. Travel and tourism fascinated him and began to dominate his inner world. His desire to learn more about the culture of India and other countries grew. This prompted Dang to work with the General Sales Agent of Pan Am for a couple of years where he learnt the intricacies of the travel trade.
Le Travelworld was the path he chose when he decided to do it alone. The appreciation and accolades that followed made it all the more rewarding for him. He has received major awards from international airlines. Dang is quick to attribute this success to his family’s support, the focussed outlook of his team and to some out-of-the-box thinking on his part. He has also evolved skills that, he explains, are normal for a person with vision impairment but come as a real surprise to others.
Neha Arora of Planet abled has brought a paradigm shift in the lifes of people who are disabled and challenged. The very idea behind this initiative is that travel is not a privilege, it’s a basic human right,” says Neha. The differently-abled don’t want sympathy but need empathy – they just want to be treated like normal people.
As the adage in Sankrit language goes “Loka samanstha Sukinobhvanthu» which means ‘Let the world be a prosperous and a happy place to live’, the above cases gives us an “insight to sight’’ and “mission to Vision’’ to make the world accessible, sustainable and responsible planet to live and let Live.