Discrimination is defined as the prejudicial or unjust treatment of different categories of people or things on the grounds of race, sex, age and today sadly it applies even to disabled people. This behavior is described as making a specific decision, conclusion or distinction on a person because of the group it belongs, the class or category to which the person is believed to belong. Nowadays even because of appearance, people get discriminated.
It is sad to know that people can be treated unfairly because of who they are, or because they possess certain characteristics, or because of their skin tone. It is hard to go to a school where you get discriminated, same goes for your workplace. Imagine not being hired because you are disabled for example, how difficult that would be to find a job?
Why do Disabled People get Discriminated?
Disability discrimination is when a person has a disability is treated less favourably than a person without disability in the same circumstance. It can happen through employment, education, renting or buying a house / unit, getting or using services such as banking, transportation, restaurant, shops, or even professional services.
Some people get disability discrimination indirectly, for example the only way to enter a movie house or any building is by a set of stairs because people with disabilities who use wheelchairs would be unable to enter the premise. Some disabled people will get directly be discriminated for example when applying for a job because the other candidate (who’s is not disabled) is more preferred to be the winning candidate.
People discriminate due to self centeredness, poisoned mindset and mainly because of lack of understanding. For other people it is easier to discriminate than to understand since understanding requires time, effort and learning. Some are also just mean and they feel superior to other people that’s why they tend to discriminate.
Disability is a physical or mental condition that leads to limitation of a person’s movements, activities or senses. It includes psychiatric, intellectual, physical, sensory, neurological and learning disabilities. It is not just a health problem.
Disability is a complex phenomenon wherein the disabled person usually struggles in the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming difficulties faced by people with disabilities can be quite challenging since it involves environmental and social barriers.
Some examples of disability are physical disability, deaf or hearing impairment, vision impairment, mental health conditions, acquired brain injury, autism spectrum disorder, or mental health conditions.
Types of Disability Discrimination
- Direct Discrimination. Happens when someone is treated differently and not the same as other people because of disability.
- Indirect Discrimination. Happens when a practice or procedure is applied (for example in a workplace) but disadvantages those who are disabled.
- Harassment. Occurs when unwanted conduct related to a person’s disability causes humiliating, distressing, or offensive environment for that person.
- Victimisation. Occurs when a disabled person is treated unfairly because they have made or supported a complaint about disability discrimination.
How Can You Help Stop Disability Discrimination?
Just because a person looks different doesn’t mean you can judge them right away. Do not treat people differently because they do not look the same as everyone else. Sharing awareness regarding disability discrimination is a great start but most of all, just treat each other the same as everyone else, don’t hate.