The Importance Of People With Disabilities

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The only disability in life is a bad attitude ("Disability Quotes"). All people when given the right assets can thrive. The potential is there in everyone. It is just their willingness to try. Like a well-oiled machine, with all parts big and small working together, society needs all types to work peacefully, even those with disabilities. Everyone has a purpose. People with disabilities can contribute to society.
A disability by definition is a, lack of adequate power, strength, or physical or mental ability; incapacity(Dictionary.com). Over 12% of US citizens is classified as having a disability under this definition. From this 12% only a mere 33.5% are employed. These individuals make an average of $36,400 annually putting 28.4% of them
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In the past if someone was even thought of as different or weird they would be cast down upon and ridiculed. In extreme cases the individual would be sent away to a mental institution or jail, in order to keep other people safe from the “disease”. People with disabilities were not treated fair by any means. Most of the times not treated like humans at all. Depending on their condition the individuals would be taken would be taken away from their families and tested on (Berger). Now the United States has many organizations and programs to help people with disabilities and their families. There are also programs that help educate others on disabilities. Opportunity works is an organization that helps disabled people find jobs. Their goal is to empower disabled adults and alleviate barriers that would keep them from having a valued role in society. The government has also put things in place such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was put in place to keep discrimination out of the work place. Unfortunately this law is not always enforced and there has been no real improvement on the government level since this act was passed (“History, Mission and …show more content…
Author John Elder Robison believes that, “A person with extremely narrow ability levels can be a star in such a world.” Companies now a days want/need more specialized workers. People with disabilities often overcome their disadvantages by becoming good at other things. For example a blind person develops a heightened sense of hearing and touch. Tennis player Martina Navratilova had some amazing insight about this. She commented that, “Disability is a matter of perception. If you can do just one thing well, you are needed by someone.”. People with ADHD make excellent artists and designers. Their condition makes them more creative and energetic. Dr. Chester Good believes that having ADHD makes him unique and that it is one of his greatest strengths. OCD is a condition that makes people very particular and detail oriented. Someone like this would be very helpful in jobs such as architecture and teaching. Do to their selective abilities people with disabilities can and will become major competitors for jobs in the future

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