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Circle image of Sylvia smiling.

‘She’s blind, that’s the end of her’

When Sylvia lost her sight in 2005, she also lost her husband and children. Life was tough for her – until one day she heard a radio broadcast that changed everything… Continue reading →

Circle image of Isaac smiling.

‘My wish is to change opinions about people with disabilities’

I was 20 years old when I lost my sight. I had to stop going to school. It disturbed my brain and destroyed my future. I had lost hope, and I was waiting for the day of my death. Continue reading →

A teenage boy.

‘I want to go back, I want to learn more’
Hamza's story

Hamza, who’s 16 and was born blind, used to attend Bishop Willis primary school. He loved it: “It was fun, I had learned how to use the Braille machine. But I left two years ago. “I do nothing now,” he says. “I wake up in the morning and sit. I only think about one thing, that one day I will wake and I’ll be back in school.” Continue reading →

Anuradha's story

‘Be confident in heart’
Anuradha's story

Anuradha cried after each day at work and thought there were no other employment options for her, but a newspaper ad she saw by chance changed everything. Continue reading →

Shyam Sundar

‘There is nothing to be happy about’
Shyam's story

Shyam says that most people treat him with pity, and some with contempt – if he goes out, people laugh when he stumbles or walks into things and falls down. Worse than that, he says, sometimes “people spread thorns on the street so it hurts more.” Continue reading →

A man smiling.

‘It has brought a lot of change in my life’
Sankarlal's story

Sankarlal has been completely blind since he was 14 years old. His life changed when he joined a group set up by the URMUL Trust. Now he’s proud to have shown people that disability doesn’t mean a job and income is out of reach. Continue reading →

Close-up of a woman's face.

‘I just feel like it can’t happen’
Dallu's story

Dallu lost her sight after contracting smallpox. Her family worries about her getting hurt, so she rarely goes out. It’s awful to see how resigned she is to her situation. Continue reading →

A man looking forwards.

‘They too can lead dignified lives’
Bhagirath's story

When Bhagirath had his leg amputated after a workplace accident, he worried that his life would be useless. Now he’s a strong advocate for people with disabilities in his community. Find out how he went from despairing to campaigning: Continue reading →

Close-up of a man wearing sunglasses and a turban.

‘I want to keep working for as long as my body allows’
Sankarlal Bishnoi's story

Following an acid attack that blinded him, Sankarlal found moving around hard, and was ashamed to leave the house. He had to give up his job and rely on his son for support. Continue reading →

A man looking forwards.

‘I’m able to earn and take care of my family’
Sohanlal's story

A freak accident followed by unemployment and financial stress would stretch many people’s marriages to breaking point, and Sohanlal was no exception. Continue reading →

A woman in a red headscarf.

Stigma, support and self help
Bhanvari's story

During her second pregnancy Bhanvari had health complications that led to the loss of her sight. In her community, discrimination against people with disabilities is rife and people are often shunned or abandoned, sometimes even by their own families. Continue reading →

A man looking forwards.

‘Now I lead a fearless life’
Mangilal's story

Mangilal learnt at a young age what prejudice and exclusion felt like. He contracted polio at the age of five, and because of his resulting disability, he says, “I was seen as a weak child and they pitied me.” Continue reading →

Close up of a woman wearing a head covering.

Self help and self esteem
Manju's story

Manju talks about her experience of living with a disability: how she went from struggling to support her family and being unaware of her rights to leading a self help group and being an example to others in her community. Continue reading →

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What?

Put Us in the Picture is our campaign calling on world leaders to make global development inclusive of the world’s 800 million people with disabilities.

Why?

Because for too long, people with disabilities have been ignored when it comes to fighting poverty. This isn’t just unfair – it’s wrong, and it needs to change.

How?

By signing petitions, sending emails and tweets, sharing stories and attending events, our campaigners raise their voices to make sure politicians keep their promise to leave no one behind.

 

More about Put Us in the Picture

Put Us in the Picture report (pdf)

Framing Perceptions: photo exhibition

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