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Re: [CHAT] Different abilities not disability!

Can you think of some challenges that people with disabilities overcome?

Two challenges that people with disabilities overcome are finding employment and physical activity.

 

With stigma and discrimination being all alive and well Smiley Sad, finding employment can be really difficult for a person with a disability. Whether it's physical or mental, a person could fear disclosing any medical information about themselves when it comes to jobseeking as they may feel that it would be demanding too much from an employer. But some organisations or local councils are making it easier for people to find work and giving them a fair go Smiley Happy

 

Physical activity is also a challenge too, depending on a person's disability. Limited movement in some parts of the body, or even finding motivation to get active can be quite a challenge. But there are programs and other methods (i.e. prosthetics) that allow them to go out and participate. 

 

 

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Re: [CHAT] Different abilities not disability!


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We are half way there guys. This is some really quality conversation tonight Smiley Happy 

Can you think of some challenges that people with disabilities overcome?


- Challenges with studying - university etc. There are disability support officers at universities (that provide note keepers, counselling, adjustments etc) but individuals still have to work so much harder just to finish their studies.

- Discrimination

- Travel and public transport

- Sports - how about the paralympics! 

 

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I think one is being dismissed like "your disability is not bad enough" I guess this goes back to if people dont see it then they find it harder to believe.
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that's true @sunflowers5 

 

It's a shame that this is the case but it is a barrier that some people can face. It's definitely not fair to make assumptions about a person and treat them differently because they have a disability. 

 

@Myvo  employment is a big one. It can be really tough but it's encouraging to see that some organisations do try to make it easier. It would be great to see this more. 

 

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Really goes down to struggling to empathise because we haven't been in that situation..

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Something we often don't think about when it comes to challenges is the intersection of discrimination against disability and other issues like racism, sexism, homphobia etc.... So if you are a person with a disability and a refugee and a lesbian then the challenges are exacerbated...

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Can you think of some challenges that people with disabilities overcome?

The challenge of worrying about what others think. My friend learned to be honest and upfront about her disability, even towards people who didn't know her well without fearing that they would think of her differently.

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I found a human rights commission report that described the challenges faced when it comes to employment

 

• Inadequate information and advice about how to enter the open workplace and obtain ongoing support. For example: there is no ‘one-stop shop’ for people with disabilities looking for information, advice and ongoing support

• Financial costs of participation. For example additional transport, support and other costs associated with work, many of which
are not subsidised OR foregoing the Disability Support Pension and associated benefits, such as the Pensioners Health Care Card Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission National Inquiry into Employment and Disability

 

• Inflexible working environment. For example: o difficulties with physical access to the workplace, and getting to and from work

Limited opportunities for people with disabilities. For example:

• Stigma and discrimination against people with disabilities

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that's definitely a tough one to deal with @Student94 

we are all social beings and do care what others think. It's great to hear that your friend was able to handle it in that way.

 

Next question guys!

 

  1. What are 3 important things you can think of that we as a society need to do to make our communities more inclusive?

As @Myvo mentioned earlier, organisations making it easier for people with disabilities to gain employment would go a long way. In addition, simple things like raising awareness about disabilities and people who have them in schools, and encouraging participation of people with disabilities in community activities by using accessible meeting and event sites.

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What are 3 important things you can think of that we as a society need to do to make our communities more inclusive?

 

  1. Understanding the need for accessible parking and leaving it for those who need it
  2. Speaking up when negative words or phrases are used about disability
  3. Accepting people with disabilities as individuals capable of the same needs and feelings as yourself
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