I have had the privilege of being involved in this particular arena and I would say that there are a lot of things that can be done. Particularly, we can start by not underestimating these people, since they just need other tools and resources to be a part of a community where they can enjoy the same rights we do, and where they feel included.
You might say that they have difficulties but in truth, they are not the only ones; we also face challenges and difficulties in our lives. For example, one may need a wheelchair to go from one place to another, someone else may need glasses to see better, or maybe… just maybe, someone needs a friend during hard times.
We all have barriers, whether they are physical or attitudinal, but when we talk about attitudinal barriers it is very difficult to break free, which is why it is so important to be aware of differences and be accepting towards others, even if they seem a little strange to us.
Working for a more inclusive society is one of our duties and we should not leave this important task to governments or organizations; we should not blame it on others while sitting on the coach of our living room. We cannot continue to live in a world where injustice and rejection play a primary role. It is us the ones who need to take action into our own hands and start making a difference, for as big or as small as it may be.
There was an article that talked about social initiative in both big and large groups of people. What seemed very odd was that, the bigger the group the less action there was and, at the end, when they asked people ‘Why didn’t you do something to change the situation you were seeing?’ all of them would answer: “Because I thought someone else would do it.” In smaller groups though, people didn’t hesitate to react towards the simulations, working together while creating a strategy for social action, giving great inputs to solve the situations they were seeing. What I’m trying to say is: let’s not wait for someone else to do something; in the words of M. Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
To give you some tips on social initiatives, take a look at the ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ and start thinking of ways you can contribute to enrich diversity in your communities.
Like ants do, let’s all work together to build the world we want to live in.