In order to fasten a country's progress, it is important that we make use of the entire population. Leaving out one group of people, who might have equal (or more) potential to contribute to the society's wellbeing, would never work in favour of the desired progress.
Oftentimes, people living with Cerebral Palsy (commonly known as people with disability) are left behind. CSF Global works to create acceptance towards this group of people. On the occasion of World Cerebral Palsy Day (6th of October), CSF Global in collaboration with Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Australia, organised a photo exhibition at Drik Gallery from October 5 to 7, 2017.
The exhibition included pictures captured by team members of CSF Global. Each picture tells a story of a child, living with Cerebral Palsy. Story of Tamanna, on her first day at school, while she is cheered by her teachers and classmates; story of Ibrahim's unbroken will that makes him steadfast in moving by himself, are reflected through the pictures.
During the inauguration of the exhibition, Professor Dr M A Muhit, President, CSF Global, said, “This exhibition is very much in-line with our core value, and that is - nothing about us, without us. We believe in participation. We believe that children and adults with disability are disabled not because of their impairment of disease, but, they are disabled because of our negative attitude of excluding them from the society.”
Dr Gulam Khandaker, PhD, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, spoke as a special guest in the inauguration. He said, when he went to Shahjadpur as a researcher, he used to take instant pictures of the kids with CP there, so that when he goes back to Sydney, he can have a face instead of a name. After a child named Roton had died, his mother returned and asked for the picture because, that is the only picture of Roton she had.
In addition to this, Chief Guest Ms Sally-Anne Vincent, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian High Commission, shared her own story of growing up with a cousin, who has CP and who learned swimming and eventually became a champion in the Paralympics.
With such stories of inclusion of people living with Cerebral Palsy in the society, CSF Global through this exhibition wants to ensure the same rights and opportunities for all of them.