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THE PANORAMA OF SOCIETY ON THE DISABLED

Disability is an impairment that may be developmental, mental, and physical or some combination of these; this greatly affects a person’s life activities and may be present from birth or occur during person’s life time.

Disability is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of society in which the individual lives in

Prior to the twentieth century, social attitudes showed the view that persons with disability were unhealthy, defective and abnormal. For centuries, society as a whole treated these people as object of fear and pity.

The common attitude was that, such individuals were incapable of participating in or contributing to society and they must rely on welfare or charitable organizations. Most at times, society looks down on disabled people and most people do not want to associate themselves with them. Some people think they are disabled as a result of witchcraft or curses being placed on them. Others also treat them as outcast.

Generally speaking, people with mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism and epilepsy resided at home and were cared for by their families.

Society thinks life expectancy for severely and profoundly disabled people is not long, and most people see no need to help such people.Most individuals do not see them as people of value and do not know how they benefit society and the country at large.

Though, currently they’ve been some change in attitude by some individuals towards the disabled, but some people still hold their view that, the disabled are less important to the society.

 

source: Beatrice Ehwieda/pinkfmonlinegh.com

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