Have you ever felt discriminated against? This is the first question he asked Ronda Chile Foundation at the beginning of the talk "Good practices of inclusion", which they made together Best Buddies Chile in ColungaHUB. Several of the attendees answered affirmatively to the question, although most are not in any situation of disability.
Throughout history, people with disabilities have had restrictions on participation in society. For Ronda Chile Foundation, our country is in a process of transition: "Our society is currently in the process of integration, there is still no equality of opportunities in many aspects, there are many barriers, but we are moving towards inclusion", highlights Tamara Toro, Chief of Labor Social Inclusion of the foundation.
One of the distinctions that they made, in relation to the definition of disability, is that it occurs when a person with one or more physical or mental deficiencies, is restricted participation due to the barriers placed by the environment. In the end, it is seen more as a social phenomenon than intrinsic to people.
Since the most common barriers are communication and behavioral, we shared these videos of Senadis with different tips to know how to treat a person with a disability and how to refer to it: For example, it is correct to talk about person with a disability or person with a disability. Here, the important thing is the person.
Zidan Linares, Accounting Assistant of Fundación Ronda Chile, delivered some tips in order to have more awareness when interacting with a person with some disability:
- Always ask before if the other person needs help, not assume it or act without permission. Many times you "sobreasiste" the person or is ignored.
-If a person with a disability rejects your help do not feel bad, that person may have more mobility or experience. That does not discourage you to continue offering your help to whoever you think needs it.
-Never throw the wheelchair up when helping to climb a ladder, because the person can fall.
-You can not move the wheelchair without permission, that is a lack of respect.
- Do not leave talking to a person with visual impairment alone, let them know if you already have to withdraw.
-To help a person with visual impairment you should indicate where your elbow and shoulder are to offer support. Neither should you take it from the side where you have your cane, because that is your guide.
-If you are going to communicate with a person with hearing impairment, put yourself in front of her and try to modulate well, without exaggerating.
From the workplace, Best Buddies Chile emphasized that Law 21.015 of Labor Inclusion has been a great advance for the access of people with disabilities to the labor world, since it allows them to move towards an independent life. But there are still challenges, especially for people with intellectual disabilities or the autism spectrum to have higher education.
During the workshop, attendees were able to experience how people with visual disabilities move, this with the aim of generating greater empathy and put themselves in the place of the other.
An important talk so that every day the people that make up our ColungaHUB community can break down the communication and behavioral barriers, which are often more painful than the physical barriers experienced by people with disabilities.
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