It’s no secret that the world we live in is changing. More people than ever are getting access to technology, more people are choosing to live independently, and there are more opportunities for employment than ever before. There’s also been a lot of progress made in advocating for those with disabilities—from making public places more accessible to creating new jobs that pay better wages. So what does this mean for disabled people? And how will it change our lives?
Access to technology
There’s no doubt that technological advances have helped people with disabilities. For example, the advent of assistive technology has made it easier for people with impairments to communicate and perform everyday tasks.
However, there’s more work left to be done on how technology can be accessible. The U.S. government passed a law in 1990 requiring companies to provide access for all users—not just those who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids—but these laws have been slow in coming into effect (only 2% of Fortune 100 firms comply). Additionally, many websites still do not offer an alternative user interface (or “alt-UI”) that allows keyboard control over mouse movement; this means some people may not be able to participate fully in online conversations because they don’t have access to assistive devices such as screen readers or trackballs/joysticks that allow them control over their computer screen cursor movements from afar rather than having them directly control everything from close range proximity level by holding down keys on keyboards designed specifically for hands-on typing purposes only.
Making public places more accessible
Making public spaces more accessible is a major goal for the disability community. For example, technology has made it possible to build virtual reality systems that allow those with disabilities to experience a place from the perspective of someone who doesn’t have any disabilities. This can be used in combination with physical aids, like wheelchairs or prosthetic limbs, and artificial intelligence (AI) software that can help guide users around an unfamiliar environment.
Finally, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to access your local library! You could read books on your own time instead of waiting for service workers who may not know how best fit into your schedule or what type of books you’d enjoy reading most.
The number of disabled people in employment has increased over the past decade. However, there is still a long way to go before it reaches its full potential. In order to achieve this, governments need to do more to promote disability employment and ensure that companies are not discriminating against disabled people when hiring them for jobs.
You may have heard that discrimination is a problem for people with disabilities. It’s true, discrimination can be subtle or overt. It can be a barrier to employment, social inclusion and accessing services including education and housing.
In the past few years we’ve seen some positive changes in attitudes towards disability rights but there’s still more work to do when it comes to ensuring equal access for people of all abilities across Scotland’s public sector
Advocacy and empowerment
Advocacy is the right to speak up for yourself, the right to be heard by your service provider and the right to have your voice heard. It’s also about being treated with dignity and respect.
The purpose of advocacy is not just about getting a particular outcome but also about having input into decisions that affect you personally or those around you (or both). This means asking questions like: What does this mean for me? How does this impact my life? What can I do differently so that things will work better in the future?
The future of disability services is bright.
The future of disability services is bright.
- People with disabilities are becoming more empowered. They’re making their voices heard and demanding that they be included in society, not excluded from it. For example, the Disability Empowerment Act passed by Congress in 2016 allows people with disabilities to sue for violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). This law has already helped many people who were denied reasonable accommodations under the ADA to receive them legally—and it’s only going to get better from here!
- People with disabilities are becoming more educated about their rights as citizens and consumers thanks to organizations like ours at American Council on Education (ACE), which creates opportunities for students across all disciplines at all levels seeking career advancement within higher education institutions via partnerships between schools & industry leaders alike;
We’ve covered a lot of ground here, and hopefully you feel more equipped to address the challenges of disability services. We believe that these issues are going to be a key part of our future—and that we can make them positive ones, rather than negative ones. But it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that many people with disabilities still face obstacles in their lives every day. People have been saying this for decades, but it’s still true today: “It is not enough to say what we want; we must also ask what is needed by those who have not yet heard our message.