Any form of discrimination is unacceptable regardless of its motive or goals. Individuals with disabilities are the most victims of discrimination in social and employment places. Discriminating against people because of being physically disadvantaged has adverse impacts on personal, social, and economic well-being. For instance, victims of such kinds of discrimination are hurt emotionally and may have unequal opportunities to contribute to economic growth.
The development of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a significant milestone since it prohibits discrimination based on disability. Although ADA is beneficial to the social work profession, there are some lingering issues around the Act. ADA is a civil rights activist that prohibits discrimination based on disability. ADA ensures equal rights and opportunities for all American citizens.
The Act is essential to my field of career since it helps in advocating for persons living with disabilities. Notably, individuals with disabilities are likely to face multiple forms of discrimination in their daily activities. Social work professionals are mandated to support such people to ensure they lead everyday lives by enjoying equal rights and opportunities like other citizens. The ADA outlines all the rights entitled to people living with disabilities and prohibits discrimination against them.
The ADA can also help me accommodate people with disabilities and mobilize appropriate resources for their social and economic support. Sometimes it is possible to be biased when dealing with different people unintentionally. However, when one is aware of what the ADA outlines, one can avoid treating people with disabilities unequally.
The Act further outlines resources are available for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, social workers can use this Act to mobilize these resources, such as public housing and health programs at social and governmental levels, to support the population’s well-being. The support needed by people with disabilities is different from that of the general population.