Disabled People in the UK- Benefits and Financial Help, Employment, Careers
When we look around our community, it is no doubt that we will find individuals who are disabled. Some by accidents which renders them disabled, others are disabled at births, and we have those that find themselves in such situations as a result of illness. It is unfortunate tha,t for so many years, disabled people have had fewer employment options than their counterparts who are not disabled. Most of these persons who are disabled are often looked down upon and are given limited opportunities, unlike those who are not. This is not supposed to be. Governments and well – meaning individuals around the world are worried about these developments. Most of them have set up some schemes to help tackle these challenges. Such schemes are exclusively for the disabled. They include housing benefits, financial help, employment and even careers that fit individual circumstances. The United Kingdom is not left behind in this regard. What measures has been taken to address such issues? Let us have a look into that.
The UK established a law that protects people from discrimination arising from disability. This new type of law is one in which those with disability can bring a claim where they feel that they are being discriminated. Let us take for example, if an employer speaks or acts discriminately towards a disabled person or is being treated less favorably, due to issues that may arise, perhaps as a consequence of their disability, such a disabled person who is a victim of that treatment can make a claim against that ill treatment.
In the UK, the Department for Education and Skills has set up Disabled Students Allowance which the government grants to students with disabilities. Students In higher education have access to this program. To qualify, such students need to go through a disabled student assessment. If a student passes the assessment procedure, such one who has learning, physical, or mental disabilities will be given equipment and financial support to cope with learning in an environment that is challenging to them. Examples of equipment aid can be computer software programs or recorders.
Other benefits include needs such as internet connection, school supplies, reading materials or the likes. It could also be services provided by human support through sign language or note taking. The program covers for the payment of the services rendered. All this is to ensure that even the disabled students have equal opportunity of learning like the students who are not disabled.
When it comes to choosing a career, the disabled are not left out. In sports, for example, we know of the Paralympics games. At the last 2012 Olympic Games held in London, the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and the Paralympics Games , it was announced that opportunities would be given to a variety of individuals who wants a job, the disabled inclusive! Tell you what, during that time, if you were disabled, you are guaranteed at least an interview. We are all witnesses to how the disabled participated in their various sports successfully too. This goes to show that if you are disabled living in the Uk, you are not disadvantaged.