Differently-abled Need Empathy, not Sympathy

What emotion do you feel inside yourself when you come across a differently-abled person? Some feel like helping them, some get inspired and some feel “pity” towards them. The first two emotions are good, but what we need to discuss here is association of the emotion “pity” or “sympathy” towards any differently-abled person.

Ever wondered why there was a change in preference of the widely used term “disabled” to “differently abled”? This was done not only to pay respect but to reflect, that the real strength lies in our spirit and determination; each and everyone of us are capable of doing whatever we want, all we need is the right amount of dedication. To state a fact, differently-abled people face much more heightened challenges in every sphere of life, but they overcome them and surpass a lot of privileged masses too in various fields; if this does not prove their strength and capabilities, then what does?

It’s interesting to notice how much difference does a change of few letters make; “sympathy” and “empathy” sound quite similar, but their meaning and effects of those emotions are completely different. “Sympathy” is more about feeling sorry for someone’s trouble or misfortune while “empathy” is the feeling that you are able to understand someone’s problems and you have the ability to share that problem in order to solve it.

What we are trying to explain here, is the fact that helping differently-abled is great but when people express pity, it generates inferiority complex in them. What we all need to do is to treat them exactly the way we treat everyone else. Never forget everyone deserves equal love and care. Our behavior reflects our thoughts, differently-abled people don’t want our pity, sympathy, false appreciations or covert concerns, the only thing we can give them is empathy and positivity. Here are a few points we should keep in mind:

  • We need to identify and relate ourselves with the situations they face. 
  • Do our share to curb those areas of difficulty.
  • Listen to them; sometimes all someone need is a person to confide in.
  • Try to bring out the best in yourself and in them.

Team ITVI works with the same thoughts. We want to empower differently-abled people that’s why we chose “the most powerful weapon”, Education. We target to unleash the best capabilities from our visually-impaired students by providing them good quality education, with the help of our teachers and various resources. We aim to make the world a better place for each and every one of us. We just want to remind ‘YOU’ to contribute your share of good deeds by supporting us. Let’s all unite for a good cause!

Soumya Rani ( Team – ITVI )

6 thoughts on “Differently-abled Need Empathy, not Sympathy”

  1. Yah, it’s 100 % true that they are not disabled people but in actual they are ‘differently abled’.

  2. Ya truly!! it’s a great need of an hour to swith our thoughts towards like the above mentioned. Especially when it comes to differently abled who are more passionate and desperate ,strongly needs empathy of privileged class.

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