Every person deserves the right to dignity of the human person. To reduce the stigma and reproach that people living with disabilities experience, certain measures and strategies must be employed. Every political and social institution must ensure adherence to these strategies to protect these individuals against the abuse of their rights.
It is a general fact that people with disabilities are often victims of harsh government policies across the world. These policies cuts across employment, education, transportation, and health. Government policies in these sectors are often to the detriment of people with disabilities. This is because they are not always put into consideration before these policies are made and implemented.
When government policies change in these sectors, there will be positive and favourable impacts on people with disabilities. The Australian Government is particularly concerned about this. The Government is focused on ensuring that consultations are made with people with disabilities before these policies are made and implemented.
It is also crucial that Australians acknowledge the fact that favourable disability policies benefit everyone, not just people with disabilities. The benefits ensure a safer and better today and tomorrow for everyone.
The policies will also ensure that every individual’s right is respected irrespective of their gender, race, level of education, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation or age. It will also be useful in the time of emergencies, pandemics or crises.
Recent research carried out in the country shows that about 4.4 million Australians have disabilities. Therefore, adopting a good disability policy will create a better living condition for both the young and the old.
To be effective, these policies need to promote a long-term inclusion and participation of people with disabilities. This will ensure that laws and policies are constantly reviewed, revised and evaluated to accommodate new ideas and plans.
It is also very crucial that people with disabilities should be allowed to express their views on the policies. This will enable the Government to know if the policies are working well or not. The perspective of people with disabilities matters. It will benefit all Australians and will set a pace for improved standards and conditions of living.
Inaccessibility to the justice system
This is one of the many setbacks and disadvantages people with disabilities experience in their everyday life. Many Australians believe that individuals with disabilities lack a credible sense of judgment. They also nurse the feeling that they are not capable of giving evidence or take part in legal proceedings. Due to this, many of them are left without access to justice.
To find a long-lasting solution to this challenge, each region in Australia must set up an impartial and free-response. This response can be made through the Disability Justice Strategy. The Disability Justice Strategy will see an inclusive fundamental action that will improve the welfare of people with disabilities.
This fundamental action will be concerned with increased and adequate service capacity, better accountability and monitoring as well as effective training. It will also include early and timely intervention and diversion and better frameworks and policies.
Assistance Animals And Disability Discrimination
It is generally recognised that people with disabilities often require support to take an active part in personal activities and public life. The form of support that can be adopted can come from different sources, including the use of skilled and trained assistance animals.
Assistance animals are skilled and specially trained animals which render support services to people with disabilities to take part in personal and public activities. Assistance animals are not pets. They are commonly referred to as “guide digs”. People with vision impairment often use them as a guide.
However, with recent developments, people with disabilities are getting their support from a wide range of assistance animals. Assistance animals provide a variety of support to remove the barriers that people with disabilities often experience in their daily activities. Apart from those who are blind or are vision impaired, assistance animals can also provide support for people who have a hearing impairment or are deaf.
They also assist those who have difficulty with physical mobility. Those with medical health conditions like epilepsy and changes in blood sugar and blood pressure require the support of assistance animals. They are also useful to individuals with mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks and hallucinations.
The Legal Definition Of An Assistance Animal
Assistance animals are recognised by law as animals:
Assist a person with a disability in reducing the impacts of disability
Is accredited by an animal training institution
Meet hygienic and behavioural standards in public places
The support provided by these assistance animals reduces the stress that people with disabilities experience. They offer them the opportunity to explore nature and embark on personal ventures as well as public activities.
The Australian Government and citizens should see to the implementation of policies that AI positively accommodate people with disabilities. All forms of discrimination against them should also be avoided. This will lead to building a safer and better country for all.