nvq level 2 unit 422-254 Essay

1752 Words Oct 4th, 2013 8 Pages
Understand Physical Disability

Outcome 1

1. Explain why it is important to recognise and value an individual as a person

A. It is important to recognise an individual as a person as it is their human right to be seen as such. If an individual is not seen as a person it devalues them and isolates them from everyday society making them feel “different”.

2. Describe the importance of recognising an individual’s strengths and abilities

A. Recognising a person’s strengths and abilities encourages independence and gives the person confidence in themselves. Encouragement to use these strengths and abilities also gives the person a feeling of control over their own lives which in turn encourages self-belief and confidence.
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For example, awareness of the capabilities of people with a disability was highlighted in sport with MotoGp rider Jorge Lorenzo sharing his podium with Anna Vives who has downs syndrome and designed his helmet for the race, Jorge Lorenzo was quoted as saying “The girl who designed my helmet, Anna Vives, is famous in Spain; she is a symbol that people with Down syndrome are capable of a lot more than some people think. I think it was very original and colourful so I was very proud and happy to have her on the podium to share the win with me.”
There is a lot more education around different disabilities as well as campaigns such as Nugent cares dignity in care and dementia campaign, and it seems society is encouraging people with a disability to “do more” instead of pitying them or in some cases discriminating against them.
Unfortunately this still happens however, such as the castlebeck – Winterbourne view case, where the staff would abuse the patients with challenging behaviour. It has also been in the news in the last few years that a man with learning difficulties living in Manchester was targeted by youths and eventually died from a heart attack whilst attempting to defend himself.

3. Describe steps that can be taken to challenge and change discriminatory attitudes.

A. To challenge and change discriminatory attitudes towards individuals with a disability, people need to be

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