Shweta Chooramani fulfils her love for writing by contributing to several blogs, along with being a full-time mother. Previously, she has worked for more than eight years in the international NGO and corporate sectors. When not listening to nursery rhymes, she freelance for public health, disability, education, corporate social responsibility, social audits, community development and rehabilitation projects.
It was the first time that I was seeing a woman with a visible impairment marching happily towards parenthood.
Often, the disability and parenthood combination is viewed with negativity. The notion being that if a woman is not able to take care of herself, how is she going to fulfil the responsibilities of motherhood? After all, she faces enough physical and emotional turmoil without having to go through childbirth and raising a child!
But the question really is, how equipped are we as a society to fulfil her dreams without blaming her for her decision to embrace motherhood? Society involves her spouse, family, friends, gynaecologist, maternity centre, support services, assistive devices, special care givers, employers and general public at large. Empowering a PWD demands a lot from society after all – identifying them, making the family accept them as they are, making them go to school, encouraging higher studies, waiving off fees, giving scholarships, subsidising their cost of living, giving access to assistive devices, making them link with employers, allowing them to marry and as a culmination, to have children.