Having a voice and taking control of their lives is essential. It helps persons with all types of disabilities achieve their maximum sustainable independence level as contributing, responsible and equal participants in society.
Here are ten reasons why we need to empower people with disabilities
1. To curve a path to a better society
When we help others we help them pursue and achieve their goals, we play a big part in social change and growth. By providing social services like proper health care for people with disabilities, we can ensure that more people enter the workforce. This collective effort to assist people with disabilities ultimately contributes to the economy’s growth and improves the overall social setting.
2. To promote tolerance and mutual respect among people with disabilities and those without
Frankly, people with disabilities face inequality and bias due to their perceived limitations. That’s why it is crucial to inform and educate the public about multiple disabilities and how to interact with persons with disabilities respectfully. This civil education can be done through campaigns and seminars.
With the proper information, more people will be tolerant and kind to persons with disabilities, creating an environment of mutual respect. Besides, this enlightenment will lead to more accommodating attitudes in all sectors allowing more people with disabilities to contribute to societal growth.
3. To reduce and eventually eradicate the negligence of people with disabilities
There are many types of disabilities affecting people in different ways. Sadly, others are often not aware of a person's disabilities. In cases where people are uninformed of various kinds of disabilities, affected persons can experience neglect.
Empowerment of people with disabilities is essential, as support can be given to the affected persons and their families. This can be done by creating programs to provide medical care and shelter for neglected persons with disabilities.
4. To help nurture responsible individuals that contribute to society
Disabilities do not make a person a less functional member of the community. By giving equal opportunities and the corresponding respect, we grow a sense of confidence in the people with disabilities and cultivate a sense of belonging. This makes for positive growth attitudes, and despite any disability, a person will pursue and work on their goals, thus contributing positively to society.
5. Empowering people with disabilities impacts the economy positively
By supporting the programs that provide people with disabilities with skills and work opportunities, tax rates may ultimately become lower while people with disabilities will also feel more empowered. This not only improves the economy; it also upgrades the living standards.
6. To help people with hidden disabilities to come out and get proper assistance
Some people are living with disabilities that they either hide or don’t even know they have. This is quite unfortunate. That’s why we need to raise awareness of such disabilities and create platforms to address these issues and empower these people.
Since people with such abilities may need more care, proper awareness should be raised to promote relevant assistance.
7. To bridge the gap between the minorities for total equality
To empower people with disabilities, we need to teach each other the importance of unity as human beings regardless of whatever limitations. Advocating for the rights and equal treatment of people with disabilities aims at creating a peaceful world with tolerance and acceptance.
What’s more, acts of kindness unify all human beings, regardless of physical or mental limitations. When we work together to empower those who cannot stand up for themselves, we come closer and make it a better world.
8. To tackle and minimize cases of abuse on people with disabilities
In some third world countries, news about people exploitation of people with disabilities for fraud and other crime have been prevalent. By empowering people with disabilities, we can uncover such awful acts and protect potential victims in the process.
The problem can also be tackled by passing laws that protect people with disabilities and punish those who abuse and exploit them. Representatives of people with disabilities should be given the mandate to run programs that ensure that such cases do not occur.
9. To provide easy access to all services
Persons with disabilities need access to the same services and opportunities as those without a disability. For instance, they need to go to school, access health care, and earn an income.
They also need access to specific services like rehabilitation and assistive devices such as wheelchairs or braille materials.
By including the people with disabilities in more decision making, we provide them with an opportunity to access these services with ease, thus improving lives.
10. To inform people with disabilities of their rights and to ensure they are protected
Empowering people with disabilities also involves teaching them of their rights and privileges, teaching them about the law, and generally giving relevant information concerning aspects of their well-being. Most people with disabilities, having been excluded from many legal decision-making processes, are not aware of their rights and have become subject to abuse and exploitation.
To contribute even more significantly to the empowerment of people with disabilities, governments should include representatives of the minorities in law-making processes and general decision-making.
The opportunities brought about by empowerment programs worldwide aim to create an all-inclusive society where people with disabilities are afforded the same respect, love, and kindness as everybody else.
If people with disabilities can raise their voices and demand their rights, the impact could be truly transformative. But we must all contribute.. Therefore, empowerment is crucial as it unlocks the potential of people with disabilities and delivers real change in society.