Physical Disability

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Disability, Vulnerability, and the Limits of Antidiscrimination

This unique perspective argues that disabled people living in the United States are entitled to more than what is specified in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The author claims that people with disabilities need monetary support for living accommodations, transportation, and other needs. These individuals have the same rights and opportunities as others.

Satz, Ani B. “Disability, Vulnerability, and the Limits of Antidiscrimination.” Washington Law Review Association. Vol. 83, No. 513. 2008. Web. 29 July 2011. <http://www.tseed.com/aslme/conference/data/papers/006.pdf>.

 

 

Uganda: For Women with Disabilities, Barriers and Abuse

This shocking report illustrates a few of the many difficulties Ugandan women with disabilities face on a daily basis. One of these difficulties is isolation from their community due to social stigmas and superstitious beliefs (for example, the fear that HIV can contaminate water supplies). Other barriers that prevent Ugandans with disabilities from being fully integrated into society include the lack of health services, transportation and protection against abuse. While the Ugandan government has made efforts to protect the rights of its disabled community, it has been largely unsuccessful. The absence of governmental effectiveness in protecting the physically disabled in Uganda prevents them from removing themselves from a chronic cycle of poverty.

“Uganda: For Women with Disabilities, Barriers and Abuse.” Human Rights Watch. 26 Aug. 2010. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/08/23/uganda-women-disabilities-barriers-and-abuse>.

 

 

The Sky Is the Limit for People with Disabilities

This report focuses on the many airlines that fail to adequately respond to the needs of people with disabilities. Some airlines have exhibited unwarranted discriminatory behavior against these individuals. Furthermore, this article shows that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has responded to some abuses by fining airlines, prompting the companies to pledge more consistent and fair treatment of the disabled.

Barriga, Shantha Rau. “The Sky Is the Limit for People with Disabilities.” Human Rights Watch. 3 Mar. 2011. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/03/03/sky-limit-people-disabilities>.

 

 

Albino people in DR Congo suffer discrimination and exclusion

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, albino individuals face widespread discrimination and social resentment because of their skin color. In Congolese society, albino individuals are frequently marginalized and forced into social isolation. This article explains some of the many difficulties faced by albino children in the DRC, and suggests possible solutions to examples of social inequality. In the article, the author notes that discrimination against albinos is often based on cultural prejudices, and superstition causing albino individuals to be marginalized and pushed to the fringes of their community. Furthermore, it explains how ignorance and superstition have the potential to force human beings into solitude, preventing them from attaining their full potential.

“Albino people in DR Congo suffer discrimination and exclusion.” UN News Centre. 8 Aug. 2008. Web. 22 July 2011. <http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=27647&Cr=drc&Cr1>.

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