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World Disability Day 2019: My Brother’s Wheeeeelchair, a short story for kids

International Day of Disabled Persons 2019: Read this story in rhyme by Salil Chaturvedi with your child to talk to them about disability and instill the values of inclusivity and empathy in them.

Updated: December 3, 2019 4:31:52 pm
world disability day 2019 Illustrated by Tanvi Bhat, source: Pratham Books

Written by Salil Chaturvedi, Illustrated by Tanvi Bhat

International Day of Disabled Persons 2019: Meet Durva and Dhrubo. And Dhrubo’s wheeeeelchair. Join the brother and sister as they explore parks, markets, and many other places and have lots of fun together, just like siblings do.


Here’s me and my brother on his wheelchair.

Everyone who sees us,

Says we make a crazy pair.

He has painted both the wheels,

In blues, yellows and maroons.

And sometimes, just for fun,

He also ties balloons.

world disability day 2019 Illustrated by Tanvi Bhat, source: Pratham Books

My brother’s very smart,

He’s got plenty of brains.

He helps me across puddles,

When it rains.

When we go to the park,

In the evening to play,

He uses a horn,

So people make way.

world disability day 2019 Illustrated by Tanvi Bhat, source: Pratham Books

Going to the market with him,

Is such a treat.

He has a rear-view mirror,

For when we’re on the street.

Sometimes he takes his chair

Into a shallow stream.

I give it a good splash.

Oh, how he does scream!

When baba and aai take us

To the hills for a hike,

He puts on special wheels —

Like a mountain bike!

All our friends wait,

For their turn to ride,

It feels so good,

With the arms out wide.

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He goes so fast,

He is called the wheelchair champ.

And now all our friends know…

Their house must have a ramp!

(Published with permission from Pratham Books and

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