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Including the left

Including the left

Most children have a preference for using one hand over the other by the age of about 18 months, and are definitely right or left-handed by about the age of three. According to various population studies Left handers are a minority (1/10th) in our society. But they face a majority of the problems in a right-handed world. Imagine living life like you are always looking in a mirror, where everything from cutting with scissors, to tying shoes, to using a computer mouse is backwards.

Left-handers are a neglected group because the hand they use for everyday acts is different from what the majority uses. Many tools and equipment are designed for right handers maybe because they are the developers or to cater to the majority.

Here are some areas of challenges many left-handed children face:

  • Social norms: while greeting, playing, monetary transactions because most of them are right handers.
  • Writing: Have binding on the left side, Writing: Lefties have a reputation for sloppy handwriting, but given the right opportunities, they can learn to write as clearly as right-handers.
  • Seating: Nudged by the elbows of right handers while sitting next to each other.

We could go on adding many more all with the underlying cause of having to cater to the masses. How can we sensitise the majority to be aware of the needs and challenges of the minority? It is imperative to begin this sensitisation from the youngest of Children so tomorrow’s citizens areore empathetic and formulate inclusive instead of exclusive solutions.