Equal rights for all – helping people with disabilities

By: CYRUS JONES


posted on: February 1st, 2018

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL – HELPING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Disabled people have rights to live with dignity.

Charity and state-funded residential schools can train the disabled to be productive. Such training could involve religious classes and soft skills with people.

Although disabled people have different competencies, they deserve equal respect as others. We can make sure the disabled have opportunities to learn, to work, and to have healthy family relations and good friends. This helps the disabled live with the same worthiness as others. Disabled people deserve integration. We can realise this dream. This integration recognises disabled people possess competence and dignity.

INTEGRATION

Societies overcome biological differences between the disabled and others by making opportunities fair. Fair in the sense of changing our understanding of disabilities and by making healthcare and social care more suitable.Integration may take place by having wide enough toilet stalls for wheelchairs. We could tolerate guide dogs in restaurants and planes too. These help the disabled access toilets, restaurants, and flights. What matters in such changes is asking the disabled what their preferences are when entering, using, and leaving these places. We give such respect to the non-disabled, and pay attention to the smallest details in their lives. So, we have good reason to treat the disabled the same.

Disabled people seek the same freedoms of access others have without question. The disabled may deserve more help than others if this means they enjoy a basic life. Many disabled people have disadvantages through no fault of their own. Distributing goods and access more fairly can increase the number of happy people.

These views may offer good reason to care for disabled people who struggle to be happy given their handicap. Such people deserve this aid. We can imagine how much better a life disabled people can live with our help. Even if such help comes by just respecting their condition.

An example of such respect for blind people can be making walking canes available for free. Or after buying something, the shopkeeper can take a picture of the exchanged cash with a phone, after which a friend of the disabled can confirm the money by voice. Others who struggle to see could benefit from us printing books or making computer software in large font.

Those who struggle to hear can benefit from TV shows using subtitles or someone who does sign language. People in wheelchairs could benefit from wheelchair ramps on buses. And some employers could cover the transport fees to allow their disabled employees to work. This practice takes much cash, luck, and willpower. But, this is feasible.

This information relates to us because we live among the disabled. We understand their struggles to meet basic needs for finding a place in life. We know such people need food, clothes, housing, health, and love as we do.

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