Disability-inclusivity is a strongly supported societal movement, and the 2019 Disability Conference aided in its progression. Persons with disabilities lack access to healthcare, education, safe working conditions, and transportation, and experience increased living expenses. These are but symptoms of societal cancer we cultivate today. In truth, discrimination is the root cause of this poisonous mindset.
With 15% of the world population having some form of disability, one billion people experience some sort of discrimination, carrying this burden for years. Our behavior describes how we think persons with disabilities are not capable — incapable of fending for themselves, attaining degrees, landing jobs. It’s about time society takes concrete steps to fight inequality and discrimination against our friends with disabilities.
Here are a few examples of how we can create a world where everybody can thrive.
The use of assistive technology can result in the functional independence of a person with a disability. These devices and equipment help people fully engage in life activities.
The workforce has always been a delicate problem area when it comes to hiring persons with disabilities. Businesses need to see persons with disabilities as assets to the company, similar to a person without a disability. They deserve equal and fair wages, too. Starbucks is one of the many companies that develop and hone the skills of employees with disabilities, and the world sees this initiative as a charitable act.
This should be accessible to people of all kinds and considerate about the needs of people with disabilities. For example, libraries should include study material catering to different learning simulations, introducing disability history and laws to broaden all students’ perspectives. Offering degrees or athletic scholarships may also boost morale.
Transportation and other accessibility features like doors, elevators, and escalators need to develop universal designs for people with disabilities. They should be convenient, accessible, and usable for persons with disabilities.
Mass media and political representation inspire persons with disabilities and teach persons without disabilities that our friends are more than capable.
Language is the most straightforward step toward change. Using a person-first language trains our minds to treat people with disabilities as people first and not disabled.
They are people with rights and needs like any of us. Although institutions can further our fight against discrimination, it begins with an individual’s mindset that they are people before anything else.