People with disabilities (PWD) are often mistreated and are subject to discriminatory attitudes. These negative attitudes in social gatherings or the workplace become obstacles to career development and inclusion for disabled individuals.
When a PWD gets connected to society, he receives several shocking prejudiced social mores. The time has come to create such an environment where every individual feels listened to, appreciated, and socially involved.
Below are the six ways that will help in making society inclusive for disabled individuals.
There are some of the tips you need to take into account while connecting with a disabled individual. These few moves can help society become welcoming towards physically impaired people.
- If a person has a developmental disorder or other cognitive problems, you must use comprehensible words, straightforward sentences, and concrete concepts. Let them finish their conversation and refrain from interrupting in between their discussions.
- If a person is hard of hearing, make eye contact with him during speech. Although he has an interpreter to assist him in understanding your conversation, don’t avoid the targeted patient by losing your focus on them.
- If an individual is wheel-chair bound, sit down while conversing with them.
- If someone is visually impaired, introduce yourself before beginning your conversation with him.
What if they depend on mechanical devices or human assistance, yet we don’t share the right to extend our helping hands without being asked.
Please don’t make the assumption every time that they need help. If they seek help, they will communicate with you. Let them speak, and don’t consider them too shy to ask for assistance.
Your forceful assistance can irritate them and have a negative impact on their well-being. It’s better to live them the way they want to live.
Though accomplishing tasks while having a disability is challenging and appreciation-demanding; however, praising the disabled for every work completion makes them feel forcefully fairly treated.
Refrain from passing comments such as “Wow, you made it” or “How did you even complete this task?” Although your purpose is to inspire them, your tone hits their mind as an offensive remark.
Don’t patronize them with your comments. But if they do something exceptional like winning an Oscar or medals, save your patronizing remarks for such events.
We need to understand that they are just as human as we are. When in doubt, just remember the golden rule “everyone needs the same treatment we want for ourselves.” If everyone starts applying this rule, life will be simpler for both able-bodied and disabled individuals.
It is not hard to treat them with mutual respect. Treating everyone the same counts in the basic humanitarian acts. If you follow basic good human interactions, you can cut above the rest.
Disabled individuals are just different from what we say “a frame of a perfect human body.” It’s high time to understand that we all share the similarities of being human; thus, we all need the same treatment irrespective of our race, gender, color, and disabilities.
The world is so serene to witness and enjoy. And no one could dare dictate the category of people who can explore nature and who can’t. But the irony is, air traveling has been made quite unapproachable for people with disabilities.
Many disabled personalities are active business associates with flourishing careers, but unfortunately, they don’t have the autonomy to use the bathroom on the plane. They encounter unfortunate experiences like receiving invisibility and disrespect from the hostess or the airplane staff.
To facilitate them equally on their air traveling demands, we need to especially train the Special Services Request Personnel to respond to the necessities of the disabled individuals. Moreover, we need to build accessible restrooms within the planes to better accommodate the PWD.
It’s time to make air traveling globally easy-going to make society inclusive for disabled people.
A physically disabled body is not a sign of less productivity. However, it is evident that people with disabilities are not appreciated in the recruitment process and are often let down. Singling them out due to their non-hampering impairments causes a list of consequences that not only impact an individual mindset but the progress of the overall workplace. At first, it seems that excluding disabled individuals saves the organization’s productivity, but the story is quite different.
Making individuals a part of the company doesn’t take a toll on the organization’s efficiency. Instead, they add value to its throughput with their incomparable talent and exceptional skills.
Companies often turn down the disabled applicant’s job request as they don’t want to bear the additional expenditures for their accommodation. However, the expenses are quite bearable, equal to the added costs of some high watt light bulbs, desks, and etc.
In some cases, employers get government-funded help to accommodate differently-abled individuals in the workplace.
Long story short, to sustain an environment without stigmas and stereotypes linked, we need to play our part in eliminating our fear of hiring disabled individuals.
The recruitment process must prefer talent over disability. The road to inclusion needs the path free from taboos while having disabled individuals integrated into the journey!
Success and failure are related to consistent hard work and patience. They have nothing to do with impaired limbs or a broken spinal cord. If the trophy of victory needed a hand to hold it, Stephen William Hawking would not have made such remarkable history with a paralyzed body. It’s our humanitarian obligation to treat disabled individuals as differently-abled people. We need to change the lens of our perspective to see the world with a broader and unprejudiced outlook.