Reducing Barriers to Online Access for People with Disabilities
Although it has enormous potential for the free exchange of information, the internet is not always as open as it seems. Although many people with disabilities have been able to use technology to benefit their lives, this article exposes the many online portals that are not as easily accessible to disabled people. In a world where information is increasingly being transmitted through a digital medium, this is a rather large problem for disabled people who are excluded. As a solution to this, the author encourages the use of governmental power to enforce accessibility standards for people with disabilities, making information accessible to all.
Lazar, Jonathan and Paul Jaeger. “Reducing Barriers to Online Access for People with Disabilities.” Issues in Science and Technology. 1 Jan. 2011. Web. 29 July 2011. <http://www.issues.org/27.2/lazar.html>.
World Report on Disability: Ch. 7 Education, pgs. 213-214
This highly informative study reveals that those with mental/cognitive disabilities have the lowest graduation rate out of any disability group, making them particularly vulnerable to a wide variety of abuses. Without a high school diploma, disabled individuals are often unable to find employment, frequently turning to crime as a source of income. If individuals with disabilities received education in a way that was specifically tailored to their needs, they would be more capable to meet the challenges of independent living.
World Health Organization. “Education: Transition from School to Work in the United States.” World Report on Disability. 9 June 2011. p. 213-214. Web. 29 July 2011. <http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789240685215_eng.pdf>.
Iraq vet, rescued from suicide, tells of VA gaps
This unique article concerning domestic issues outlines some of the many difficulties veterans face when recovering from their wartime experiences. In the article, the author explains that many veterans who suffer from mental illnesses have trouble readjusting to civilian life, and typically receive very little help from governmental organizations. Recently, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has observed an increased number of suicides in the armed Forces, many of which are related to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Even though the VA has made attempts to minimize the negative effects of PTSD, many soldiers still exhibit signs of stress-related disorders developed in combat. As mentioned in the article, incompetent treatment of PTSD places a heavy burden on the families of veterans, who need to take extra measures to care for their family member. Furthermore, the lack of responsiveness can be attributed to the fact that the VA had never fully understood the lasting impacts of PTSD. In the past, PTSD has been largely ignored by officials, and that needs to change.
Coughlin, Brett. “Iraq vet, rescued from suicide, tells of VA gaps.” Politico. 14 July 2011. Web. 7 Aug. 2011. <http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0711/59023.html>.
“Once You Enter, You Never Leave”
Despite many efforts to give rights to the disabled, people with mental disabilities in Croatia are often put into institutions by force or because they have no other options. Croatian mental institutions are often large, crowded, and unpleasant for patients. Despite pledges from the Croatian government to create smaller community-based centers for the mentally disabled, little has been done to make this promise a reality. This article makes the point that governments need to play a more active role in providing for disabled people by revitalizing existing programs and creating new ones that are more effective.
“Once You Enter, You Never Leave.” Human Rights Watch. 23 Sept. 2010. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.hrw.org/en/node/93102/section/2>.