Socio-Economic Challenges of Persons with Disabilities: A Study of District Bandipora

Disability is a state of impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. Down the ages, we see disability is as curse or punishment. The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by the World Health Organization and the the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability. Therefore, about 10 per cent of the world’s populations are Person with Disabilities. With the advancement of science and social change, disability is viewed as a societal problem rather than individual problem and solution become focused on removing the barriers to social change, not just medical care. People with disabilities often experience discrimination; they tend to alienate themselves from society as they feel unwanted and rejected. The present study aimed to understand the socio-economic challenges of persons with disabilities in Bandipora district. The study was conducted on 100 disabled persons in Bandipora district by using sample random sampling technique in the age group of 10-50 years for the study. Semi-structured interview schedule was employed to assess the socio-demographic information. The results of the study revealed that persons with disabilities have poorer health accesses, lower education achievements, less social and economic participation.