In communities, it’s important to be inclusive. Having a community center is a great way to include displaced groups, especially ones who don’t have as much access to the community. This includes groups on the autism spectrum, those who have mental disabilities, and those with physical disabilities. However, if community centers are the only form of inclusivity in our communities, we aren’t providing enough. Now, as communities, we ask ourselves this: how can communities become more accessible? There are many ways to open up to people with disabilities. Here are a few ways to become more inclusive of others.
Shedding a New Light on the Disability Community
The disability community should be treated like everyone else. Being more open with the disabled community will significantly influence our transitions to having more inclusive areas. When viewing the disability community, you need to be open to different kinds of disabilities and make the community more accessible. This includes shopping centers and places for entertainment, such as the cinema, restaurants, and even concerts. There are new ways of innovating change in our communities. Another area to focus more inclusiveness on is parks, as they are places of socialization, but should encourage everyone, no matter who they are, to play.
Employ Disability Community Members
Do not rule out job candidates who have disabilities. Everyone is ambitious, and those with disabilities are no exception. Keep your application pool open to candidates of all types. If you are looking for ways to attract more applicants with special needs, let them know what the job entails, and if they need certain accommodations, provide them. Don’t deter disabled applicants from getting a job.
Encourage Schools To Be More Inclusive
If there’s one place where people can learn about including others with disabilities and being more open to them, it’s school. Schools often put students with disabilities in a separate classroom, which isn’t the right approach. Many students with disabilities excel in many ways. Integrating them into the main classrooms will allow them to be a part of the community and other children to learn about disabilities better than what they learn from a textbook. Involve yourself in your students’ educations by starting up an autism awareness club or even a club dedicated to giving back to disabled community members.
Break Down Walls
Inclusivity can start in places other than the home. It can start in a store, the park, or even at a concert hall. These places, while fun for those without limitations, can inadvertently create barriers for those with disabilities. If there is a problem with inclusiveness in your area, address it right away and find a way to break that barrier. Not only will it help improve the lives of other families, but it will also improve the well-being of those with disabilities. To make your community more inclusive, consider installing ramps for those who have mobility issues or using handheld assistive devices for deaf community members to help them feel more involved in a concert or film experience.
It is of the utmost importance to fully include disabled individuals in our communities. By doing this, we create a more welcoming society, offer more understanding of disabilities in our community, and answer the lingering question of how communities can become more accessible.