Challenges for younger generations with disabilities

Hardships and difficulties become inevitable at times and hinder the abilities of everyone from time to timeThese hardships can be more difficult and frequent for a person with disabilities. The millennials are facing a number of challenges due to the accelerating environmental pressures and social crisis. Imagine how distressing these pressures can be for a disabled young adult of this generation who is striving to combat these growing pressures. The challenges faced by people with disabilities are not limited to physical struggles only.  They also face a wide array of emotional and social obstacles. Some of the major challenges faced by millennials with disabilities include the following: 

Economic challenges:  

 A countless number of economic challenges are faced by people with different kinds of disabilities. Due to limited work opportunities, they find it hard even to fulfill some of their very basic financial needs.  In addition, expenses for someone who is disabled are oftentimes greater than someone without a disability.  Consider the equipment, such as a vehicle that can accommodate a wheelchair, that is necessary in some instances.  It is more difficult for disabled people to stay resilient against hurdles like increasing student debt, growing accommodation costs, and rising health care costs 

Limited access to higher educational opportunities: 

Other than the economic challenges, not being able to benefit from educational opportunities is also a major concern. Being well educated has never been as important as it is in this generation. The intense competition doesn’t allow people with low-quality education to prosper in their lives. Disabled adults face a lot of barriers to higher education which limits them to make the best out of their intellectual capabilities. 

Employment challenges: 

Lack of good education, along with other constraints, limit the employment prospects for the disabled adult as well. A lot of organizations are making policies that exhibit inclusion for people with disabilities. However, most people fail to get such jobs because of an inability to meet basic educational and skills criteria as well as the challenge of traveling to a workplace.  

Emotional Burden: 

Due to a lot of challenges, there is often no sense of independence for disabled people which is also a major hindrance. The frustration of having a disability gets multiplied by all these troubles faced by such young adults which further accumulates to the distress they feel on an everyday basis.   

The Solution: 

Awareness of the challenges young disabled people face is a priority.  Seeking opportunities for education, gaining assistance with ongoing medical expenses, and becoming creative with employment opportunities are all ways to lessen the burden for the younger disabled generation.  Living to one's fullest potential can and should be embraced regardless of whether one has a disability. 

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