Accessibility, Accountability, Availability – Part 2

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Today we reflect on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which took place on the 3rd of December. Over 1 billion people, or 15% of the world's population, live with some form of disability. We have already talked about the challenges of those who are disabled from [before, during or shortly after their birth].

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This article talks about the dramatic change in someone's life and personal circumstances, when they've been made disabled during their lifetime. It also talks about problems adults encounter in the world of work that threaten their social inclusion.

Basic resources


Access to vital resources such as education, work, healthcare, social support and legal support is often taken for granted by the able bodied. To this very day, those with disabilities can struggle to access these basic resources, and if they do, they may still struggle to get the full value.

Whatever the cause, there is a need and a challenge in common with others who are disabled.

In to the spotlight


Those that are disabled at some point during their life may be quite overwhelmed by the sudden change in their circumstances. More can always be done to support these people, and ensure they don't become a 'quiet statistic'.

People who are left disabled after an accident or injury need access to rehabilitation. This can come in several forms, and offer physical and emotional support to those with life-changing injuries. Many people who are left disabled may not be given sufficient information on their rehabilitation. Specialist charities such as Headway and the Spinal Injuries Association can provide support and give advice on securing rehabilitation.

Rehabilitation may carry a heavy price tag, but despite cuts in legal aided advice there is still some legal support out there for people. This legal support can go hand in hand with rehabilitation to ensure that those left disabled are financially secure and that they can get the care they need. The support of a financial adviser can also assist to make sure that a person's care needs can be addressed throughout their life, and assist where someone's injury has caused financial problems and debts.

Inclusion


Just because someone is disabled, doesn't mean they're unable to work. While not everyone who is disabled can work, those that can should be supported by employers and the state. Work and access to an income is a vital element of social inclusion, and provides a positive impact on society.

Disabled people should have access to appropriate welfare benefits, such as the new Personal Independence Payment, and legal support should be available to those who suffer from disability discrimination, as this is a real threat to social inclusion and closes doors on people with a disability. Charities such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, and solicitors firms themselves can advise on both welfare benefits, and where you may have been discriminated against because of your disability.

The day hopefully identified the issues that people with a disability encounter. There is a great benefit to us all to champion social inclusion, so as to make society that bit bigger, and fairer.

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