It is important to recognize the legal rights of people with disability. The US government has ensured that they are given equal legal status as any other person gets. Participation in society, their right to education, employment, housing and freedom are all guaranteed under the US constitution. Therefore, it is important to take into consideration the problems faced by disabled persons and deal with them effectively.
The first thing one needs to get cleared of is that they enjoy the rights equally and as such, it is our duty to respect them as we would generally do other people.
The rights include (but not limited to)
- Right to education
- Right to marry
- Right to housing
- Right to freedom of expression
- Right to vote
- Right to healthcare
- Right to privacy
- Right to property
- Right to public transportation
In short, they are entitled to as many rights as any citizen can claim from the constitution of the United States Of America.
But now that we understand their equal status, we also have to take into consideration the problems they face on a day-to-day basis. In order to address these problems in a rightful manner, it is essential that we know how to approach them correctly.
Some of the tips or suggestions can come in handy here. They are as follows:
- Do Not Assume
One of the biggest errors people commit while dealing with a disabled person is that they presume to know everything about their condition. This attitude needs to be worked upon. Each and every person is unique and so it goes for a person with a disability. They have their own problems as well as their own pleasures. They live more or less a normal life except for the problem they undergo with their disability. So your task while taking care of them is to ensure that you are not generalizing them. Empathize with them but for personal rather than professional reasons.
- Non-Emergency Transportation
It is important to respect or value the time of a disabled person. As the constitution does not discriminate against them for their disability, it is your duty to do the same as well. A special non-emergency transportation service should be extended to all disabled people. This guarantees their freedom to go about the day as they want. This also ensures that they do not have to rely on their family members to take them out for a Sunday sunshine. The transportation services understanding their needs and rights will perform all the necessary duties willingly.
- Proper Discharge Planning
If a disabled patient leaves the hospital, it is the duty of the hospital services to arrange transport for them. A discharge planning from hospital to home is quite important in this regard. The hospitals can either arrange the transportation on their own or can call for third-party services like Secure Comfort Care: they provide non-emergency transport services for people with disability.
The most important way to bridge the gap between two individuals is through communication. Effective communication with a disabled individual ensures that he is not being ignored. By being frank with them and taking their problems into consideration, one can easily establish a link with them. The fact that they frequently get treated as special cases really puts them off their mood. Therefore, it is important to make them realize that they are just like anyone else. You, too, should be treating them in such a way that they are not being prejudiced or pitied in any manner.
With proper consideration and genial treatment, disabled people are more likely to feel at home. It is, therefore, your responsibility to take into consideration both their constitutional rights and societal acceptance. Prejudice of any form needs to be immediately disbanded. They are equally important and valuable citizens of our country and it is essential we acknowledge the same.