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The Rights Of People With Disabilities Are Not Being Promoted, Study Finds

The Rights Of People With Disabilities Are Not Being Promoted, Study Finds

From the press release of Queen’s University (January 25, 2012

Historic legal rulings did not protect the rights of persons with disabilities, while legal rulings concerned with race or gender provided much more protection of individual rights and freedoms according to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Queen’s University PhD student Christopher A. Riddle has determined in a recent study. “The motivation for this examination came from the very simple observation that the rights of persons with disabilities were not being promoted through the very mechanisms designed to ensure justice for everyone,” says the study’s author…

February 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Disabled children do matter

Disabled children and their families 'excluded'

http://www.nurseryworld.co.uk/news/rss/1107554/Disabled-children-families-excluded/

Disabled children do matter

From the Eureka Alert of Fri Dec 2, 2011

(Economic & Social Research Council) Many disabled children fail to reach their full potential because they continue to be marginalized in schools, health and social care, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council….

The findings, which are based on a series of interviews with disabled children and their families, reveal numerous barriers to these goals, for example:

 

  • Disabled children are often perceived by educational and care professionals as “lacking” and as failing to fit in with the image of ‘normal’; 

     

  • Families who do not match the norm are frequently excluded from friendships, education and work; 

     

  • The support system is complicated and there are gaps in provision, particularly during the transition to adulthood; 

     

  • Physical access and transport barriers to sport and leisure activities result in segregation, while participation in art and creative activities is limited; 

     

  • Widespread discriminatory attitudes threaten to create a culture of bullying; 

     

  • Families of children with life-limiting/threatening impairments often experience isolation and poverty 

The researchers call for a change of attitude towards disability so that diversity is not only valued, but promoted. “There is an ‘epidemic’ of labelling children as disabled,” Professor Goodley and Dr Runswick-Cole warn. “Parents are repeatedly under pressure to talk about what their children can’t do in order to access services and support, but sometimes the label can obscure the individual. Families should be asked what support their child requires, not what is the ‘matter’ with him or her.”

Their report recommends that policy should prioritise enabling disabled children to break down barriers by supporting their participation in education, the arts, leisure and their communities and by meeting their communication requirements. “We need to re-think the culture of individualism and performance which pushes disabled children out” continue the researchers. “Pressures on schools are getting worse. We found a case where parents of non-disabled children petitioned to exclude a disabled child. What does this say about the meaning of education and community?”

The study found that bullying is often accepted as inevitable when disabled children are perceived as vulnerable. There were several layers of violence, from manhandling in school to psychological bullying, which often goes unnoticed by adults. Some children do however stand up to bullies and refuse to be limited by labels that are imposed upon them.

One young person insisted on attending Brownies meetings alone, despite health and safety rules that required her mother to accompany her. “Kids seem to enjoy challenging people’s expectations about their limitations,” the researchers commented…

This release is based on the findings from ‘Does every child matter, post-Blair? The interconnections of disabled childhoods‘ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and carried out by Professor Dan Goodley and Katherine Runswick-Cole at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

December 3, 2011 Posted by | Psychology, Public Health | , , , | Leave a comment

Disabled Still Get Cool Reception in U.S. Workplace

 

Even companies with diversity programs often neglect folks with disabilities, survey finds

From the Health Day news item

RIDAY, Oct. 8 (HealthDay News) — While many American companies say that hiring people with disabilities is important, few of them actually hire these job seekers or take steps to provide a welcoming work environment, a new survey finds.

The national poll of 411 senior executives and human resource managers found that 70 percent of respondents’ companies have diversity policies or programs in place, but only two-thirds of those with programs include disability as a component.

Only 18 percent of companies offer an education program designed to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace, and only 19 percent of companies have a specific person or department that oversees the hiring of people with disabilities, compared with 40 percent in 1995.

Among the other findings:

  • Only 7 percent of companies with disability programs offer a disability affinity group (a group promoting disability awareness).
  • Slightly more than half of respondents estimated what percentage of new hires in the past three years were people with disabilities, and on average the number they came up with was 2 percent.

The survey was released Tuesday by the Kessler Foundation and the National Organization on Disability (NOD). October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Only 21 percent of people with disabilities ages 18 to 64 are working either full- or part-time, compared to 59 percent of people without disabilities, according to data released in July 2010 by the two groups. Those findings suggest little progress has been made since the Americans With Disabilities Act was implemented in 1990, the researchers said in a Kessler Foundation news release.

“America’s success in the global economy depends on how well we put to use the productive capacity of every person’s talent, skill and ability. This new survey reveals that most employers are not aware of the unique contribution that workers with disabilities can make and do little to recruit them,” Carol Glazer, NOD president, said in the release.

“The shockingly high unemployment rate among people with disabilities suggests that employers seeking dependable workers have a rich and ready talent pool of workers from which to draw,” she added.

Janice Flahiff (editor) note …….This posting does have an assortment of tags because not all are up on correct terminologies (including me in many areas)
Please excuse me if any term is offensive, it is not my intent.
However, I will omit any tags if I learn it is offensive.

 

October 13, 2010 Posted by | Health News Items | , , | Leave a comment

   

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