In the United Kingdom there are many people that are suffering from disabilities. The disability may be visible or unseen, and it may be a result of an accident or injury or genetics. Whatever the reason for the limitation, everyone deserves compassionate treatment and help with their conditions.
Medically, there are many things that can be done to help a person with a disability. Sadly, many of these services have long waiting lists and are geared at changing the person rather than helping. Because the medical industry is so focused on change instead of help, many people with a disability find themselves lacking the essential thing that can help them function in everyday life.
Social help, however, is much more effective at providing lasting improvements to the lifestyles of those with a disability. In the United Kingdom, there are many charities and social organizations whose focus is on making the lifestyles of those with a disability better and ensuring their equality in society.
For example, social help not see someone in a wheelchair as a person needing spinal treatment. Social help views this person as someone who needs equal access to buildings and accommodations in their homes so that they can function at the same level as everyone else.
Disability Services i The UK
As the government continues to make cuts in the National Health Service and waiting lists continue to grow, many people with a disability find that they are moved to the end of the list for treatment and care. It is the goal of social services to help make sure that disabled people are:
* Seen and treated equally by everyone and not limited by their disability
* Encouraged to enhance their strengths and talents to contribute to their own well-being
* Promote the independence and inclusion of those with disabilities
* Make sure that those with a disability have the right to the services and care based on what they need instead of blanket services that may not help
The medical industry often focuses on disabled people as a problem that needs to be fixed. It is vital that a person with a disability is treated as a human being with strengths and weaknesses like everyone else and is a functioning part of society.
It All Starts w One Person
To be an inclusive society, we must begin with ourselves. If you are disabled or have a disabled loved one, take a moment and reflect on how you feel about the situation. Are you approaching the disability as a problem that needs to be fixed? Disabled people do not want to be "fixed." People who are disabled want to be equal and have the same opportunities and access as everyone else.
To make changes for the better in society, we each must take the necessary actions ourselves to influence a change. Once the transition begins, the results w be amazing.