They are achievers – all three of them. And they are differently abled. They share a common dream too. They want to visit a beach one day. Fredrika Menezes, the bubbly and creative author-poet has Cerebral Palsy and going to a beach is a dream for her. Salil Chaturvedi, an author and a tennis player is paraplegic. He loves beach, visits it once in 10 days, but last got into water 4-5 years back. Anuraag Khandelwal, a Creative Head at an advertising agency, winner of several national and international awards hates beaches because “somebody has to pick him up in front of his daughter and put him in water, which is not acceptable to him.”
One day, somebody laid a ramp for them that reaches the water, and made their dream come true. Their reactions when they touched the ocean were priceless, but the real problem remains – lack of public facilities for differently-abled people.
An initiative by HR Johnson, an Indian company that makes tiles, called The Red Ramp Project in an attempt to address this cause, has shot a video featuring the above-mentioned people, to raise an awareness about the problems disabled people face, while accessing public facilities.
“If just one ramp on one beach for one day can make a difference, imagine what an access-friendly India could feel like,” a line appears as the video nears its culmination.
The website Red Ramp Project claims India has over 10 million physically-challenged people who move about in wheelchairs or on crutches. Most live normal lives, except when it comes to accessing basic public spaces such as office buildings, railway stations, beaches, airports, malls, cinema halls, parks, religious spaces like temples, churches, mosques, gurudwaras etc.
The initiative dreams of an India which has access-friendly infrastructure for disabled people.