It doesn’t matter what you look like on the outside, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but our society today lacks to understand that. In today’s time different is not accepted, people that are different are discriminated, looked down upon and usually picked on. People with disabilities are seen as different creatures by most people, the disabled don’t choose to be the way they are, but still our society alienates them. There are different types of disabilities, some type of disabilities are; mental disability, physical disability, learning disability and socializing disability. These disabilities are seen as weakness in our society that hence contribute to the stereotype that leads to the discrimination against the disabled.
• There are a significant number of people who instinctively hate the disabled, although it is disgusting to behold such behaviour, it is not incomprehensible.
• Deep in our idea of ourselves is a picture of what human beings are supposed to be like. This is physical as well as moral. If people deviate notably from the norm, many find it unsettling.
• The fact that the disabled are different than normal, results in discrimination against them.
• If people themselves are on the margins of society, they may wish to assert their own strength by taking it out on those even lower in the pecking order.
• Usually men admit that they regard mental handicap as a disqualification from the human race.
• Psychological and cultural influences, are also a reason for unease with the disabled.
• “Usefulness, efficiency and power", people who lack those qualities are made to feel that their lives are not worth living.”
Analysis and Summary:
This information answers my research question # 1. Through this information we can see that people tend to dislike the disabled because they are not normal. It is human nature to despise those that are different than normal. Everyone has a different perception of normal and when someone cuts that boundary it results in discrimination. Some people also tend to dislike the disabled due to their own weaknesses, to hide their own failures they will look down upon the handicap to make themselves feel better. Some people's self-esteem is so tiny that they have to find someone "lower than them" to feel superior. Also society perceives the disabled as useless, powerless and inefficient human beings, which also contributes to the ideology that leads to the discrimination against the disabled. Psychological and cultural influences also result in discrimination against the disabled. Hence, we can conclude that the fact that the disabled are “different” is what leads to the discrimination against them.
• Direct discrimination occurs when a person with a disability is treated less favourably than a person who does not have a disability.
• This occurs if a person is discriminated against in the following areas; employment, education and training,...