An Analysis Of The UK Disability Discrimination Act And The Inadequacy Of Its Definitions Of “Disability” And “Disabled Person”
Abstract: My research will focus on some of the more pertinent changes that need to take place on a societal level in order to better serve disabled people and allow them to participate in all facets of community life. I will argue that three of the most significant changes that must take place include: educating society on disabilities and disabled persons, creating and enforcing better laws that truly help disabled persons, and expanding the definitions of disability and disabled person to include a broader spectrum of ailments, inflictions, and handicaps. The changes, which I support, will be presented in a research-driven paper. I will highlight the current UK disability laws in place and point out some of their shortcomings. Then, I will explore the worldview of society, as a whole, as it pertains to disabled peoples, and suggest changes that need to take place and how educators can help facilitate these changes. Finally, I will explain the shortcomings of the most common definitions used for disability and disabled persons and offer alternatives that incorporate a broader range of people and ailments. My audience will be any citizen whose political jurisdiction is under the UK disability mandate, although, anyone, from any society, would benefit from reading my paper due to the universality of this topic.
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