Many people have argued to the effect that disability is not inability. However, the fact remains that people with disabilities in the society face a lot of discriminations. This discrimination is always based on a number of factors. Despite the efforts by governments, the fact remains that the disabled in the community face specific challenges that the people without the disabilities do not face. Whether in the employment sector, the transportation department, the corporate world or the day to day happenings, the disabled face several challenges. Most governments have made efforts to ensure that the disabled in the society are equally treated to the people that are not disabled. In the real sense, this happens in theory, because, in practice, the reality is that they are always ignored now and again. The disabled people in the community are always looked upon with contempt. The fact that most people see them as dependants on others does not go well with them (Gargiulo, 2005). Their restrictions to performing tasks normally as others can do gives them a hard task in contributing consistently to the growth of the economy. This is however wrong. What is needed is for proper mechanisms and strategies to be employed in order to enable them to be more efficient and make it easy for them to achieve their goals. Like any other person, the disabled have goals and ambitions that they want to fulfill in life. All that they need is a perfect platform to express their expertise. Therefore, there should be mechanisms in place to assist them in the transition to becoming increasingly independent and self efficient.
Currently, there are several strategies that are being put in place in order to ensure there is a smooth transition to ensuring that the disabled students and other people with disabilities become self-efficient. The government has played a key role in promoting this transition as it gives the disabled students a chance to sustain themselves without depending on the support from other people. For instance, there are proposals that there be introduced National Disability Insurance Scheme. This scheme, to a large extent, is aimed at entitling the disabled to some form of insurance scheme, in which the disabled will be funded to start projects that can help them achieve their dreams. In essence and to a large extent, this represents a good chance for the disabled to establish themselves and mould their lies effectively in order to becoming self-sufficient and depending on themselves instead of depending on other people for sustenance. This plan is set to benefit both students and the other disabled people in the society.
This strategy has been openly welcomed by a number of people because of the effects that it can bring to the society in helping the disabled in the society to become self-efficient and depend on themselves. In essence, this funding is likely to see choice and control put in the hands of the disabled people on how they want to run their lives. Their families and close friends have a duty to advise them accordingly to ensure that they make better decisions that will lead to the general good in the society and promote their independence.
The National Disability Scheme has devised an approach towards through which they can promote self efficiency. As such, they can achieve to execute a number of important projects that will see the disabled in the society determining their fate through being given an opportunity to control their lives. In achieving this, several steps ought to be followed. For instance, the people with disabilities ought to be involved or at least be consulted in making the plans and the strategies. This is because they are at the center of the delivery of service and any endeavor will directly affect them (Sherrill, 2004). Giving them a chance to determine how some issues should be is, therefore, of utmost importance.
While determining the best strategy or means of providing the funds to the disabled, the key focus should be on how this funding will achieve sustainability. It would not make sense providing the funding for it to be misappropriated and used in a careless manner. A key goal should be to enable the disabled in the society to achieve long-term sustainability and self-efficiency in whatever they may engage themselves. Be it students, young children or other disabled people in the streets, the strategies and plans should be aimed at ensuring that their long-term survival is put at their hands and as such, they should be in a position to dictate how they want to live in the future.
This strategy of providing funds, however, calls for some form of discipline in order for it to become a success. The approaches that should be employed, in essence, ought to be holistic and integrated into the order for the strategy to become successful. The government should play a major role in ensuring that it meets such objectives and ensure that the long-term targets and goals are achieved using minimum funds. Transition usually calls for patience and as such, it would be harsh to expect changes in the initial years. This should be a project that benefits everybody in the society in the long run and because of this, effective mechanisms ought to be employed by all the stakeholders.
The people with disabilities face different challenges in life, depending on the nature of their disabilities (Harrington et al. 2003). For instance, some have challenges on moving from one place to another, some cannot hear, some cannot see while others cannot walk. Designing an approach that suits them all is, therefore, a difficult task and impossible. This, therefore, means that different mechanisms ought to be employed to ensure that all these challenges are effectively mitigated. This can be done through providing funds to the disabled and advising them accordingly on how to use them in order to achieve self-efficiency.
In conclusion, discriminating one on the basis of disability should be done away with in the society. Disability is not inability, since the disabled can effectively perform the task just like their counterparts. All that the disabled need is a chance to prove their mettle. Due to the competitiveness in the world, perhaps the best method to achieve this is through providing them with funds in order to acquire mechanisms that can help them mitigate their shortcomings.
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Harrington, T. F. (2003). Handbook of career planning for students with special needs. Austin, Tx: Pro-Ed.
Sherrill, C. (2004). Adapted physical activity, recreation, and sport: Crossdisciplinary and lifespan. Boston: McGraw-Hill.