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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Tai

BATTLING ABLEISM

Updated: Jul 17, 2021

A Community Issue of Equity.

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Primary Takeaways


Disablism is oftentimes institutionalized in places of employment with more than half of the disabled community being unemployed.


People with disabilities makes up 20% of the poverty gap.


98% of children with disabilities in developing nations aren’t enrolled in education facilities.


Children with disability makes up around a third of the world’s homeless youth.


There are four primary categories of discrimination against the disabled: direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment, and the calling of instructions to discriminate.


Laws have been executed in efforts to protect and accommodate for all and disablist actions can be criminally punished.


Disability etiquette is important! Avoid using derogatory or controversial terms and respect any requests or denials of assistance.


Be kind.


A Brief Walkthrough



People with disabilities make up the largest minority group at a global scale yet still remains one of the most shunned and stigmatized conversations in our civilization. In fact, our seemingly unchanging lack of proactiveness in protecting our brothers and sisters whose lives slightly differ from the norm only paves way for the branched impacts of which exacerbating at staggering rates.


The term “disability” dwarfs over a variety of people from those with physical, mental to psychological conditions that hurdle them from completing day-to-day tasks as easily as most may do. Regardless of these traits being oftentimes natural-born and has no significant disturbance to society and its people, ableism has found its way taking shape in society to be expressed in various forms: direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment, and the calling of discriminatory instructions. Present in areas of employment, sociocultural spaces, and even basic survival facilities, havens of accommodation and inclusivity for people with disabilities not only magnifies but institutionalizes this inequity.


What is Disablism or Disability Discrimination?



From a simple trip to the supermarket to job-hunting or the various other activities every-day civilized people do, marginalization and exclusivity are a constant for people with disabilities. Even in industrialized nations, unemployment rates for the disabled stand at a staggering 50% to 70% with only about half of the community participating in the labor force. Breaking down the root of disability discrimination, let us first understand the four primary categories of discriminatory actions.


By definition, any behavior of indecency that is acted upon a person of disability that would not, however, be imposed on to a non-disabled person under a similar circumstance is considered direct discrimination. This means verbally abusing a disabled person on the streets or refusing to employ a member of the disabled community regardless of their expertise and met requirements.


Indirect discrimination, moreover, covers any policy from organizations or workplaces that put the disabled at an unfair disadvantage to most such as the demand for a driver’s license regardless of the applied job having no requirement for related matters whatsoever. People with physical impairments such as blindness or epilepsy may be impeded to issuing a driver’s license and therefore be rejected by an employer although meeting all other requirements for the job position.



Since childhood, disabled people are faced with daily challenges as ableism isn’t at all uncommon among fields of education and socialization for kids. With harassment, for example, the actions intended to provoke feelings of degradation, humiliation, or offense in the context of one’s disabilities, there is still a notable loophole in parental and systemic education for our kids and adults to learn the right approach into accommodation or efforts of understanding towards those who seek equity.


It isn’t just the direct targeting against the disabled that counts as discrimination though, as instructions to discriminate, meaning orders given to conduct any of the actions mentioned above fits into the category of ableism.


A United Fight. You and I.



It is beyond important for disabled people to know their rights in the constitution. Reasonable accommodations are expected of service providers to protect the disabled community against marginalization and disadvantage. The installation of ramps, disabled bathrooms, or printed braille beneath labeled buttons or signs all helps eliminate barriers to ensure fair accessibility. In addition, discounted public transportation passes along with suppletory provisions in medical identity verification are significant means of protectionism under the law.


Although laws have been executed and rules set in place, it is in no sense that society has reached a place of perfect equitability. A long way there is to go and it all starts with the smallest units. The people.


Disability etiquette is something to be executed every single day yet remains untouched by many. From paying extra caution to our choice of words, respecting an individual’s decision to receive assistance, to stopping the victimization of non-disabled people, etiquette isn’t just a matter of politeness but is a societal responsibility.


For More Information:





For Statistics Regarding the Disabled Community




Know Your Rights!





Disability Etiquette



References


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"People with Disabilities Rights Protection Act", Laws & Regulations Database of The Republic of China, 16 December 2015, https://law.moj.gov.tw/ENG/LawClass/LawAll.aspx?pcode=D0050046. Accessed 18 October 2020.


"Combating Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities", United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, 2009, https://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/Pages/DiscriminationAgainstPersonsWithDisabilities.aspx. Accessed 18 October 2020.


"What is disability discrimination?", Shelter Scotland, https://scotland.shelter.org.uk/get_advice/advice_topics/complaints_and_court_action/discrimination_and_harassment/disability_discrimination/what_is_disability_discrimination. Accessed 18 October 2020.

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