Q – Why Should You Care that 1/7 people in the world have a disability? (UNDRP) – new course I’m taking
Yay you if it’s not you who has one, either mental, sensory or physical… Is it someone you love? Like? Work or study with? Know?
People with disabilities (PWD) come in many shapes and sizes. Some you can see when you interact with them. Some can continue their work or study, some can still do somethings, and some are totally independent depending what their issues are.
Some are temporarily disabled, some off and on have a crisis then go back to their ‘factory setting’ and some deteriorate each time they have a crisis.
Most PWD have some level of pain, fatigue, self esteem issues.
The issue of disability is so big (how big is it?) that the United Nations, World Health Org and even the World BANK are studying it thoroughly!
…… Many end in early deaths
Many in malpractice; care accidents, neglect, and failure to care/support can often end in suicide. Falls and community or home safety accidents happen more too.
Often their biggest ‘disability’ is society. Resources, supports (scarcity) and attitudes (bigotry – fat shaming, misogyny, elitism, pity, frustration) .
Often the people who should be helping them make it worse. (iatrogenic)
(refusing care, shaming them, wrong diagnoses, incomplete assessments, access issues, treated as addicts, attention seekers)
Often they get categorized into groups they don’t belong in (esp psychiatric conditions)
Many get bullied, mocked, abused physically and sexually.
Is a double edged sword. It has been a hard won struggle to get this in. But often it is used to bully the PWD, instead of trying to find the supports, diagnoses and care plans that would improve their quality of life (which i wrote about yesterday)
I come at this from several POVs. I have worked in health care (elder care homes) and have seen all this as a carer. I have family and friends who have struggled with different challenges. And I have a disability myself (vision). I’ve also studied relevant courses esp psychology and have a cert in caring/attending.
That doesn’t mean I know anything about your issue or your family member(s)’, but it gives me a good understanding of what’s out there.
….. continued education
These are global POVs which should be different than a carer’s POV. I’m curious what they’ll cover.