The concept of inclusivity has been a topic of debate for quite some time. The issues that arise when this thought is brought up are mostly topics concerning minority groups. But what does inclusion comprise?
Inclusion entails allowing minority groups to participate in corporate, economic, social, political, spiritual, emotional, and social activities. Unfortunately, most persons with disabilities face neglect, and these societal perceptions need to change for good.
And we can make our society whole. The methods listed below will help this progressive journey make the world more inclusive for people with disabilities.
Employ Persons with Disabilities
People living with disabilities are discriminated against, especially when it comes to employment. Full equality should be practiced in every person. Persons with disabilities are the largest minority group population, yet the most underrated and discriminated. There’s a prevalent uncouth view about persons with a disability – the unacceptable view of a liability than adding value to persons with a disability needs to be changed. That view as “liability” can only be changed by giving and creating employment. Persons living with a disability are very hardworking and deserve working opportunities. According to the United Nations Organization reports this year, 80% to 90% of persons with a disability of employment age in first world countries are employed. In second world countries, it is about 50%, whereas in third world countries, the percentage is low as 10%, and most do not even have access to education. If you look closely at those numbers, they are not pleasing; we can do better. The next question is, after employment, what next?
Design a Special Working Place
Because they are special people, they need a unique space of work too. Impressive office desks, desktops, chairs, closets, projectors, smart walls, etc., will be meaningful. However, many employers tend to walk away due to the expenses incurred to ensure the ideal working space is provided. The reality is the items started above and many more are not that expensive as the normal ones. When ordering, it only takes a special request to the manufactures and the makers, and everything is done at a very fair price. Let us ensure our colleagues feel at home even in our places of work.
Public Transport Systems
Everyone benefits from public systems. From individuals, businesses, and families at some point rely heavily on public transport. It is like a lifeline to some; without it, they cannot do their various activities smoothly. Public transport plays a massive role in social-economic development. It includes roads, railways, aircraft, subways, ferries and water taxis, vanpool services, monorails, and tramways. There is a need to include select units in every public transport system for people with disabilities. Once it is achieved now, that will be the true definition of inclusivism to people living with a disability.
Build Special Crossing Points
About 17.7% of disabilities result from unintentional injuries. This is according to reports given by the World Health Organization. Some of them are due to domestic, industrial, or road accidents. The focus is on how we can reduce road accidents caused by knockdowns to the disabled. They are not exempted, and unfortunately, many have fallen victims. Building particular crossing points on the roads will provide a safer place, and that is inclusivism. It will also play a significant road in an accident caused by knockdowns.
Support Sports and Athletics for Persons with Disabilities
Truth be told, how many times do you sit down and switch on your television and watch Paralympic sports? The probability is most likely zero. Paralympics games are not as famous as regular sports, and that is where inequality and discrimination come in. Paralympics athletes require the same level of support and love you give to standard Olympic games. The Paralympics athletes are equally important, and the uniqueness in their sports is another level of fun to experience. With that said, how about the next time the Paralympics are on, you switch on your TV set and pick a team to route for? Better yet, how about you attend a Paralympics sport in the stadium? Let us create a massive impact in our brothers’ and sister’s lives.
Include Them in Our Normal Education Curriculums
As much as there are elite education institutions for people with disabilities, they can still fit in ordinary schools, especially if they don’t need too much extra care. Let’s give our loved ones that space in your classes. Placing our loved ones in special schools is discriminative unless persons with exceptional physical conditions.
Speak Against Any Form of Violence That Occurs to Disablility Groups
Fortunately, or unfortunately, persons with a disability suffer from various forms of violence more than others. Some culprits take advantage of our brothers and sisters’ uniqueness to serve their evil purposes. Persons with disabilities, mostly young girls, are victims of sexual violence. Many of them have fallen victim to this inhumane act. Sadly enough, in some cases, it comes from close family members and relatives. The people who are supposed to give them love and care end up giving them hate and oppression. They also face emotional violence and physical violence. Emotional violence includes insults. Insults can cause emotional damage and mental torture. If you happen to witness any form of violence against people living with a disability, speak up!! Do not go silent about it. We have to speak against violence.
Create Awareness on How to Live with Persons with Disabilities
How can you achieve it? It can be achieved through education and training in a society, social media platforms, and organized movements. Last but not least. Let us teach people how to take care of persons with a disability and love them.
In a nutshell, persons with disabilities have various superior and unique gifts and talents that add significant value to society. They need to be included and given that care and special place within us. As it goes without saying, “disability is not inability.”