Daniel Halliday
Nov 27 · Last update 5 mo. ago.
How are people with disabilities best integrated into society?
There are one billion people living with some form of disability, about 15% of the global population, and between 110-190 million of those people experience a significant disability. Many of these people are likely to suffer some form of negative socioeconomic outcomes due to their disabilities, and many are still actively discriminated against. How can we empower those persons with disabilities so that they are fully integrated into all aspects of society and fulfilling their full potential?
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Technology has and will continue to aid integrating people with disabilities
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Promote better social inclusion in schools
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More disabled actors in mainstream media
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Increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities
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Grant as much access as possible by removing barriers
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Technology has and will continue to aid integrating people with disabilities

For years technology has been helping the disabled population in breaking down the physical and social barriers of access to the rest of society, and this integration will only increase as technology develops. However this can only continue to reach all people with disabilities if healthcare is kept a reality for everyone through some form of social healthcare scheme, if this is left up to private healthcare only the wealthiest of society will be able to reap the benefits technological aids may give. Better integration of existing technologies into developing societies also needs to take place to address the huge number of people in the developing world with little or no access to such technologies, and this can be best accomplished through charity work and the encouragement of better social healthcare systems in developing counties.

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Promote better social inclusion in schools

Overcoming social integration is best done by working with children. Arguably if large scale re-education of society is going to take place it needs to start in schools, in addressing societies next generation and arming them with the deeper understanding needed to better integrate everyone and overcome the long existent social barriers. Various schemes could enter mainstream education for students of various ages, for example the introduction of disability history projects, in a similar way to which black history month has been taught in schools to give a more honest and positive perspective of black history. Likewise scholarships to athletes with disabilities and engaging ‘able-bodied’ children to take part also in sports such as wheelchair basketball could prove to provide both access to education for people with disabilities and a greater understanding to those studying alongside students with disabilities.

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More disabled actors in mainstream media

A lot of effort has been put into racial inequality in mainstream media in recent years, in an attempt to eventually bring an end to years of discrimination, and arguably the same needs to be done for people with disabilities. People with disabilities rarely appear in the news, films, advertising, etc – even when the piece of media may be dealing with issues that concern people living with disabilities, which will only go to reinforce the mental and social barriers disabled audience members face on a daily basis. This distorted view of people with disabilities needs to be addressed if people living with disabilities are to be better integrated into society, the media has such a large influence on society and on societies views of itself, the fight for disabled representation and integration should start here.

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Increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities

Employment and business opportunities that provide inclusion, independence and self-sufficiency can go a long way to integrate people with disabilities better in society. One company attempting to do so in the UK is Change, a human rights charity for learning disabled people run by learning disabled people, who provide consultative services to clients such as the NHS and universities throughout the country. This charity not only provides learning disabled people with fair and competitive employment, but also provides a workforce with a deeper understanding of the conditions and situations they are dealing with, in addition to providing peer-to-peer support and acting as potential role models to the people they are working with.

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Grant as much access as possible by removing barriers

Even in modern societies that seem relatively accessible people with disabilities still suffer from barriers to accessibility. Physical barriers to access can range from lack of slopes, lack of tactile tiles or a lack of design planning that takes people with disabilities into account. Sometimes this can even take the form of whole industries for example aviation. The lack of disabled access to toilet facilities while flying still poses a large barrier to air travel for those with certain disabilities.

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