How are People with a Disability Treated?
It has been over 20 years since the Disability Discrimination Act was introduced and from that moment, those who live with a disability have had the power to make a change and be treated in the same way as everyone else.
However, in light of the introduction of this Act in 1995 and even to this very day, those with disabilities do not seem to have the same attention when it comes to equal rights as other campaigns such as women’s rights or racial equality. Legislation for both of these was introduced decades before and so, the progress has been slow.
For those who live with a disability there is still a fight to fight and that is exactly what is happening. The act has changed things and it has made those who live with a disability realise that they are not the ones with the problem because the problem lies with society and how they deal with it. The introduction of the Act was just the beginning but there are still things that need to be put in place such as fairness and equality as well as opportunities. Still, there is a pay gap in the work place and not enough people with a disability are appointed to high public positions.
It is all about being represented in an equal way to those who are able bodied and still there is an issue there. This is in public life and in entertainment because those two situations are where perceptions and thoughts are cultivated. Many people who live with a disability feel that often, they are not represented in the correct way often feeling that they get nothing more than a token representation.
Those who live with a disability are not looking for pity, it is far from that because they want power. While things are slowly changing there are many physical barriers that they need to overcome such as access to a whole range of services which includes buses, the workplace and retailers. All of this needs to be removed.
There is still a belief that more needs to be done to enhance respect and dignity because why should disabled people feel any different to an able-bodied individual? In recent years, the Paralympic Games which took place in London showed the world just how ‘normal’ disabled people are. The good feeling that came with the event has filtered into society but some disabled people still experience verbal and physical abuse.
Sometimes, society can go a little too far and make it feel like those who are disabled are being treated too differently, however, it is important to remember that there is a very fine line here. Disabled people want to feel like they are the same as everyone else and that means the same respect, equality and the ability work and live in the same way. While changes have been made throughout the years, there is still some way to go but progress is being made and that is promising.
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