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People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse minority in the population, representing all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic backgrounds.according to World Health OAn estimated 1 billion people (about 15% of the world’s population) live with some kind of disability. But they are also the least represented in public places. This month is the time to recognize their existence and find ways to prevent discrimination against persons with disabilities (“discrimination against persons with disabilities”) and provide a more comprehensive public and social sphere.

The United Nations has put together a “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” and “No one leaves behind“This action plan from the international community sets human dignity and equality as its basic principles. Convention on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesThis is essential to confirm the equal input of persons with disabilities in all areas of society and to establish an environment that supports them.

What is Disability Pride Month?

President George HW Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. This is a groundbreaking law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. That same year, Boston hosted its first disability pride day.

Although not recognized nationwide on this day, parades will be held in some locations such as Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and San Antonio. It is also supported in the UK and South Africa.

According to the American community of people with disabilities, “pride of people with disabilities” is defined as accepting and respecting the uniqueness of each person and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. Disability pride is essential to the construction of the movement and is a direct challenge to systematic disability discrimination and deceptive description. hindrance.. This annual adherence promotes the positive visibility and traditional understanding of people with disabilities. Through specific dates, celebrations and parades, the mutual message is to inspire and challenge the prejudiced, discriminatory and prejudiced images surrounding people with disabilities. In addition, the word “pride” is used to celebrate their heritage and disability culture, while acknowledging the contribution they can make to society with their unique experiences.

What can i do?

It is important to emphasize that raising awareness is not enough. Also, as an urgent issue, we need to assess the major barriers leading to the elimination of persons with disabilities. We need to work on discriminatory laws and policies that limit access to health insurance for persons with disabilities and restrict employment for persons with disabilities. Barriers that limit accessibility in physical and virtual environments need to be removed. Regulations are needed to combat negative attitudes, prejudices and discrimination. This can be eliminated through education and by providing a platform for people with disabilities to represent themselves in schools, training centers, public service announcements, movies and more. Lack of access to assistive technology and rehabilitation, and lack of measures to promote independent living for persons with disabilities are also areas that must be addressed. To overcome these barriers, countries need to develop the capacity for equal access. National law must protect persons with disabilities through the Constitution, the Anti-Discrimination Act, or other national disability laws.

Covid-19: Both sides of the coin

People with disabilities usually have more medical needs. Therefore, it is more vulnerable to poor quality or the effects of remote services.People with disabilities compared to people without disabilities Sick.. Although disability may not increase the risk of coronavirus, many people with disabilities have certain underlying disorders that make the disease more dangerous. They may require additional personalized support that cannot be provided during the blockade, such as regular hospital visits and access to emergency treatment that may be restricted at that time.

moreover, united nationsWomen and girls with disabilities face additional systematic barriers to equality and inclusion due to limited visibility into disability and gender equality laws, policies and practices. Data show that women with disabilities are three times more likely to have an inadequate need for health care, twice less likely to be hired, and twice less likely to use the Internet. .. In addition, women with disabilities are more exposed to the threat of sexual violence than women without disabilities. Moreover, the Covid-19 crisis not only revealed the depth of these fundamental inequality, but also exacerbated the situation for women and girls with disabilities. The pandemic further limits access to services such as health care, employment opportunities, and education that were already barriers to them in the first place.

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However, the pandemic has also developed an area that was almost unthinkable. Advances in technological tools that enable communication, interaction and operation from home safety and comfort during a pandemic also provide opportunities for people with disabilities to continue their education and work and access services in a safe and comfortable manner. increase. House.

The pandemic should have shown us the tip of the iceberg that people with physical or mental barriers face and will continue to face when things return to normal, or even “new normal”. is. However, pandemics have shown that technological advances can create a safe and accessible environment for most people with currently restricted access. Disability Pride Month is an opportunity for the world’s largest minority community to discuss and raise awareness of these issues and provide a comprehensive platform for people with disabilities in all public services, work, education and other public environments.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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