Human Rights 101- here are some basics

Okay; before I start I’d like to clearly define my audience here and today I am focusing on those who may want to learn a bit more about the meaning of Human Rights and this is strictly in my humble and respectful opinion.

I believe that it all comes down to educating and helping to build awareness.  For fair is fair; we should not expect all of society to know how to react, what to say, and how and when to communicate with those who have a disability, seniors, and those who are vulnerable.

So for what it is worth, here are a few points from me as one who is vision impaired.

  • We need to be treated with respect and courtesy.
  • Our needs need to be verbalized and understood.
  • We need to be treated as Human Beings and not as luggage or packages.
  • We need to be communicated with directly and not through anyone else.
  • We need to understand that one size does not fit all.  That is that one cannot treat all persons with a disability in the same way.
  • A particular solution may fill the needs of one specific group of persons with a disability but not another.
  • An example of this are the check in kiosks at airports.
  • One should realize that most blind and vision impaired persons do not need wheelchairs at airports.  Just remember; most blind and vision impaired persons can walk.
  • We need to recognize that the bread and butter consumer of the very near future is going to be persons with disabilities and seniors.
  • No need to yell at a person who is either blind or vision impaired when talking with them.  They can hear but they cannot see.
  • When communicating with a person with a disability, it is best to ask them how you can be of assistance.  You should never shove or push them.

Just my two cents worth for today.

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