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Disabled People In Society Essay

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This essay is part one of the coursework for Challenging Disabilities. Disabled people have the right to participate in all aspects of society the same as non disabled person. When one is disabled this means to be discriminated against which involves social seclusion and restriction. In view of this, disabled people experience barriers when society does not acknowledge a person’s impairment which can prevent full participation of disabled people in society. Firstly I will briefly introduce the social model in recognising these barriers. Secondly this essay looks in particular at the three interrelated barriers: physical and technological environments, social and recreational environments and ...view middle of the document...

(cited in (Johnstone, 1998:139) There is a lack of purpose built housing or housing that have been adapted for disabled people. Many houses are built for two legged people not for chairs on wheels. Doors are a major barrier for wheel chair users, inside the home and outside, assistance would be needed to open many doors. Accessible features within the home would need to be in place such as wide enough doorways, kitchens, bathroom and toilets would need to be modified to meet the needs of the individual. (ibid.) Social exclusion is evident not only in housing as well as transport and public amenities which have not been considerate to everybody’s needs. In regards to transport in Britain not all disabled people would have a private car to support their needs as many individuals would not have the income to run a vehicle hence access to public transport is essential. Transport needs to be made assessable there are still problems with high level seating and narrow steps. (Barnes et al, 1999) Information Communication and Technology (ICT) available to disabled people through community education centres, schools and colleges is limited because of funding, along with this there is a need for appropriate training. (Johnstone, 1998). Having access to a computer and relevant software can open up new doors for the disabled person.

Secondly, other barriers relating to the disabled person to participate in society is the social and recreational environments. This also relates to the leisure industry. Everyone is entitled to enjoy their ‘free time’. There is a stigma that people with disabilities would not like to participate in fun leisure activities. It is a human need that everyone does need to relax from our everyday responsibilities. It has been suggested in Johnstone, 1998 that recreation is a favourite pastime outside the home and workplace. The social and recreational environment has similar barriers to that of housing, transport and public buildings which is access. To have access to recreational facilities encourages the freedom of the person to obtain a balanced healthy lifestyle. To be able to enjoy ‘free time’ relates to the persons employment situation to provide the funds for getting out and about. If a disabled person becomes unemployed essential equipment and aids which are provided for mobility during employment may have to be returned hence the disabled persons ‘free time’ is to no avail. This creates social segregation of disabled people limiting their participation in society. (Barnes et al, 1999). It has also been mentioned in Barnes et al, 1999 that often disabled people are ‘shunned’ in the hotel...

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