Physical Disability Essay

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Physical disability spread through our society as such it forms part of our national culture. Rosenblum & Travis, 2012, posits “our inclusion of disability as a social construction may generate an intense reaction – many will want to argue that disability is about real physical, sensory, or cognitive differences, not social constructs”. (p. 5). Consequently, the American society comprises persons with various physical disabilities. It is from this background that the ensuing paper will present a comprehensive analysis of the beliefs and stereotypes of this group, and will continue with a brief synopsis of how these beliefs and stereotypes have plagued this group.
In addition, a discussion of the treatment of this group in the United States,
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According to Mishra, “physical disability has many meanings to society. The disabled person often does not know when he/she enters a social situation whether he will be an object of curiosity, pity, sympathized with, helped, patronized, exhibited, praised for his abilities, avoided or actively rejected”. [Social Stereotypes and Attitudes Towards Disability (n.d)]
Consequently, many have the opinion that a person with a physical disability cannot have a fulfilling sexual and marital life. Are these not people with the same desires and urges as the rest of us that make up the society. These are some of the misconstrued views that we have of the physical disabled members of our society.
On the other hand, some common stereotypes abled persons of society hold with regards to the physical disabled are as follows:
• Physically disabled people are a menace to others, to society and to themselves siting as an example people with mental disability.
• Physical disabled people are consumed by rage and
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On the contrary they exist even to this day in our society. People with physical disabilities are targets of many different forms of barriers. In life there are difficulties that we face from time to time. However, for those with physical disabilities obstacles and difficulties are more frequent and as such, can have a greater impact on the physically disabled person than the person who is not disabled. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that beliefs and stereotypes are maintained through several barriers the physical disabled are faced with. For example, “a physical environment that is not accessible, lack of relevant assistive technology (assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices), negative attitudes of people towards disability, services, systems and policies that are either nonexistent or that hinder the involvement of all people with a health condition in all areas of life.” [Disability and Health
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