Disability Law and Anti-Discrimination Advocate

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Disability Legal Rights Advocacy

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Why is there a need to advocate the rights of the disabled which are enshrined in EU, UN and International Law ?
 
A right to equal access to opportunities, the right to compensation of any shortcoming in order that a disabled person may live their life to the best of their potential and a right to equal participation in society seem to be very far fetched practicals for me as I advocate for something very simple and essential to all of us. The right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Worldwide, governments, international organisations and various kinds of movements, charities, NGOs and DPOs have deposited enormous amounts of legal legislation and information on many information platforms about the rights of disabled people.
 
Yet everyday hundreds of thousands of disabled people blatently face not only the violation of their legal rights but outright abuse in the form of indignity, intimidation, disrespect, apart from discrimination and intolerance. Hence it is not enough to have a legislation in writing but we must actively call to task any and every incident where a disabled person rights are violated.
 
I hope that with my efforts as a Disability Rights Advocate and Legal and Psychology Advisor, I can bring about a change in the ignorance of businesses and government officials in the matter of EU and International disability rights and laws. 

Psychological Injury and Disability

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Disabled people live with more then just physical shortcomings. They often carry deep psychological injuries and hence are much more vulnerable than the average person. Ironically, they are also the ones facing more than average discrimination, harassment and intimidation while being increasing vulnerable and needing protection.

This can only be done when the law is enforced to the full extent by noting and prosecuting violators and violations. Silence is not the solution.

Hidden Disability and Discrimination

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I am all too familiar with living life with a hidden disability. As a young, educated, articulate woman people are often shocked when I brush aside their jokes and mockery about my 'sunglasses' and inform them that I am visually impaired. But instead of taking their ignorance as an insult, I see it as a victory and possibility for other disabled people to be able to live life as normally as possible. However, looking 'normal' without any obvious signs of being disabled can be a nightmare for many people as I have witnessed myself countless times like being refused or mocked at Schiphol Airport at Amsterdam at several occasions for asking for disability assistance. I continue to campaign by writing to the authorities at Schiphol Airport to address their violations. 

A voice for the Disabled

My last conversation with the ground crew of British Airways at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam in February this year (2016) when I was refused assistance was that just because someone does not look disabled, it does not mean that they are not disabled and that they don't need assistance. Just because someone is young and well dressed, it does not mean that they are not disabled. 

Incidents like this make me empathise with the experiences of disabled people and how terrible such experiences must be a disabled person. As a psychology counsellor, I can affirm that disability can erode a person's sense of self-esteem, confidence, competence and self-worth and this can make it extremely difficult for a disabled person to stand up for their rights against the ignorant. Thus I made it my life's mission to campaign against the violations of corporations and even government officials against the disabled





 
 
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Samara Pope