Discrimination Against the Disabled Essay

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It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but our society today lacks to understand that. In today’s time different is not accepted, people that are different are discriminated, looked down upon and usually picked on. People with disabilities are seen as different creatures by most people, the disabled don’t choose to be the way they are, but still our society alienates them. There are different types of disabilities, some type of disabilities are; mental disability, physical disability, learning disability and socializing disability. These disabilities are seen as weakness in our society that hence contribute to the stereotype that leads to the discrimination against the disabled.
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It is human nature to despise those that are different than normal. Everyone has a different perception of normal and when someone cuts that boundary it results in discrimination. Some people also tend to dislike the disabled due to their own weaknesses, to hide their own failures they will look down upon the handicap to make themselves feel better. Some people's self-esteem is so tiny that they have to find someone "lower than them" to feel superior. Also society perceives the disabled as useless, powerless and inefficient human beings, which also contributes to the ideology that leads to the discrimination against the disabled. Psychological and cultural influences also result in discrimination against the disabled. Hence, we can conclude that the fact that the disabled are “different” is what leads to the discrimination against them.
• Direct discrimination occurs when a person with a disability is treated less favourably than a person who does not have a disability.
• This occurs if a person is discriminated against in the following areas; employment, education and training, provision of facilities, access to public premises, etc…
• Indirect discrimination will occur where a person imposes a requirement, condition or practice that has the effect of disadvantaging people with a protected attribute, and that is not reasonable.
• An advertisement for a job as a cleaner requires an applicant to speak and read English
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