SOCIAL CHANGE BLOG 7
Introductionfor Blog Readers
Introductionfor Blog Readers
Myname is … . I love writing and covering topics related to disabledpersons and movements involved in fighting for their rights. I havereal experience in working with disabled individuals and have come tolearn first-hand the challenges that they experience in theirday-to-day lives including discrimination and violence. In oursociety, most movements are formed by marginalized groups that speakup in the name of justice and freedom it is usually an act ofnecessity as they have to be heard (WHO, 2017). When we think aboutcampaigns of social justice, what comes to mind are civil rightmovements formed by African-American, LGBTQ rights or even Womansuffrage. Nonetheless, the Disability Rights Movement is one of themost overlooked, although it is equally important (Hull,2009).Throughouthistory, the disabled persons have considerably been excluded fromthe mainstream society (WHO,2017).In the past, they faced mass institutionalization, neglect, abuse,and death. There has been advancement towards better treatment overthe years, although there is still room for improvement. TheDisability Rights Movement plays a vital role in bridging that gap(Hull, 2009). The association endeavors to enhance the lives of thehandicapped individuals everywhere, and hence, my blog will partlyfocus on it. I have a passion for fighting for the rights of thedisabled persons. The powerful social justice movement has played asignificant role in bettering the lives of the handicapped. Themovement is a proof that the voice of persons with disabilitiesmatters and hence the need to create a blog that callsfor their inclusivity disabled persons (Smith,2013).There is a need to continue the fight for a better tomorrow for thedisabled persons. I hope that you will find inspirational ideas onthis blog on issues related to the social activist movements andother matters relating to equal treatment of disabled persons (Hull,2009).. Additionally, I am positive that you will be inspired tolearn and share disabled people issues on your journey with me onthis blog. This is because there is always more to learn. Please takea moment to sign up for updates from my blog.
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TheDisability Rights Movement is an international group that seeks tosecure equal rights and opportunities for all persons withdisabilities (Smith,2013).It comprises organizations of global disability activists that worktogether with the same demands and goals such as equality ofopportunity in housing, education, and employment among others. Theyalso ensure freedom from violations such as neglect, abuse, anddiscrimination. In essence, they work to break the physical, socialas well as institutional barriers that hinder them from enjoyingtheir lives to the fullest. The group tells a compelling and complexstory of an ongoing movement that endeavors to create a diverse andequitable society inclusive of persons with disabilities (Zames &Fleischer, 2011). The Disability Rights Movement promotes the socialmodel of disability, and this directly reflects the ethics of agency(Hull, 2009). As a result, disabled persons are currently taken inconventional practice and policy as legally holding equal rights toaccess social resources so that they can put into practice life-plansperceived as important (Smith, 2013). Besides, they can enjoyindividual personal accomplishments, independence, and freedoms onthe same basis as non-disabled persons, thereby improving theirwell-being. The movement also reflects the ethics of self-acceptancesince experiencing ‘being impaired` is viewed positively bydisabled persons. The group celebrates their differences. Theyencourage people to celebrate diversity and by implication includingthose variations born from various forms of impairment possessionrelated to intellectual and physical attributes (Johnson &Walmsley, 2010). The movement has, thus, played a critical role ineliminating marginalization of handicapped individuals and empoweringthem to influence social practices and policies.
KarlMarx ‘Conflict Theory’ shapesthe behaviors and actions demonstrated in and around the disabilityrights movement. Marx argued that most struggles in the society occurdue to conflicts between social groups or classes. The DisabledRights Movement fights with other groups to attain more resources forthe disabled persons (Hull,2009).According to the conflict theory, groups attempt to safeguard theirinterests and hence block the progress of the others (McClelland,2000a).Tension is a constant and radical social change, which is likely atany point in any given society. It results from the marginalizationof the handicapped people, and movements such as the Disabled RightsMovements ensure radical social change.
Therefore,I will address the fact that disability issues need more mainstreamattention, especially on the lack of inclusivity, violence, anddiscrimination of disabled persons. Currently, the mainstreamattention does not offer significant attention to disability mattersas other social justice issues (Smith,2013).For now, most social justice movements are considered hot topics inthe news. For instance, feminism receives considerable positive andnegative attention when someone disputes its accuracy and importancein today`s society. The rights of the LGBT community also draw a lotof attention as more states embrace marriage equality (WHO, 2017).Additionally, the rights for racial minorities even draw theparticipation of presidents. Other movements thus generate interestwithin the mainstream society. Such attention is entirely justifiedsince many face unique challenges. Nonetheless, why do disabilitiesissues fail to generate similar attention on the mainstream media andsociety? There are stories of disabled persons that range fromheartwarming stories to major issues of violence and discriminationof persons with disabilities. However, handicapped individuals facesignificant discrimination and violence, and their rights have beendisregarded for a long time. According to the World HealthOrganization (2017) “childrenwith disabilities are 3.7 times more likely than non-disabledchildren to be victims of any violence, 3.6 times more likely to bevictims of physical abuse, and 2.9 times more likely to be victims ofsexual assault” (par.2-3).Besides, those with intellectual or mental disability are amongst themost vulnerable since the risk of sexual abuse is 4.6 times highercompared to their non-disabled age mates. Overall, handicapped adultsare 1.5 times more prone to experience brutality than nondisabledpersons (WHO, 2017). Moreover, adults who are mentally handicappedare close to four times possibly to experience violence compared toadults who are not disabled. A majority are also afraid of disclosingthat they are disabled to their employers due to the fear ofdiscrimination. It is evident that there are significant barriers toinclusivity for persons with disability. What contributes to suchinclusivity barrier and violence? Although organizations such asDisabled Rights Movement work tirelessly to ensure equal rights forthe disabled, their rights do not seem to captivate the people in thesame manner (Smith,2013). Large media houses lack dedicated news sections for disabledindividuals.
Myblog will focus on persons with disabilities rights, issues affectingthe disabled, and organizations such as the Disabled Rights Movementthat play a vital role in ensuring their equal rights andproductivity. For the most part, it will be a personal projecthowever, it will occasionally include work by guests. The users willbe able to keep up with issues on disability through my varioussocial media pages and accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+and Tumblr (Smith,2013). I will write articles on disability-related themes for otherblogs and publications. Furthermore, I will consider appearances ofguests on related podcasts on disability. In doing so, the blog willensure that disability issues generate mainstream attention.According to Karl Marx, the social existence of men determines theirconsciousness (McClelland, 2000). By creating more awareness aboutthe lack of inclusivity and violence against disabled persons, theblog will increase the consciousness of the society on the issues. Ithink the disability rights movement requires a jolt of energy toraise its public recognition. There are numerous barriers within andoutside the Disabled Rights Movement owing to the stigma of personswith disabilities (Smith,2013). People can overcome such obstacles by acknowledging thatdiscrimination of the disabled persons is wrong and also by educatingthemselves. On the conflict theory, Weber argued that some forms ofsocial interaction meant to stir up emotions serve to generatestrongly established beliefs as well as a sense of solidarity in thesociety (Collins, 1974). The social interaction on the blog will helpto generate strong beliefs on the need to respect the rights of thedisabled and stop discriminating them.
Allin all, individuals need to recognize that they can personally becomepart of the disabled group at any time. By generating discussion ondisability topics, the blog will benefit millions of persons withdisabilities and their loved ones. The handicapped should be treatedthe same as the healthy individuals. My blog will continue the fightfor their inclusion and appreciation (Smith,2013). Throughout its existence, the blog will reinforce the need tosafeguard the rights of adults and children with disability. Overall,the blog will play a significant role in ensuring their equal andfull participation in the society.
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Hull,R. (2009). ‘Disability and Freedom’, in Arguingabout Disability: Philosophical Perspectives,eds K. Kristiansen, S. Vehmas & T. Shakespeare. London:Routledge.
Johnson,K., & Walmsley, J. (2010). Peoplewith intellectual disabilities: Towards a good life? Bristol: Policy Press.
McClelland,K. (2000a). Conflicttheory.Retrieved from http://web.grinnell.edu/courses/soc/s00/soc111-01/IntroTheories/Conflict.html
Smith,S. (2013). Liberal Ethics and Well-being Promotion in the DisabilityRights Movement, Disability Policy, and Welfare Practice. Ethicsand Social Welfare,7(1),20-35
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