There are 50 million people in the United States who have some kind of disability. People with disabilities are discriminated against in the United States. It is not a discrimination that is talked about like race, or gender. This discrimination usually takes the form of avoidance. People to do understand, or know how to act around a person with a disability, so they ignore the person. This is not right because people should not be defined by a disability; instead they need to be recognized as a person, just like any one else. We need to provide awareness about people with disabilities.
Students and adults with disabilities can be hidden away in the world and are not always given a chance to spend time with people without disabilities. Disabled students can be in classes where they are with the same students all through the day, and if they are mainstreamed they might have a paraprofessional to help them, which sets them even more apart then the other students. In the lunchroom these disabled students sit at their own table and can be ignored by the other students in the school. When these students grow up they might go and live in a group home where again they are separated from the rest of the world. We need to find a way to stop separating people and start mixing them in with each other.
What a person with a disability needs is friend who is their because they just want to be. A lot of the people who spend time with someone who has a disability is another person with a disability, and people who are getting paid. Not saying that the person getting paid is not worthwhile but there’s a difference between being a friend and some being paid to spend time with you. By having people who do not have a disabilities spend time with some does it lets the person with a disabilities feel more like the person they are.
By having people with and without disabilities spend time with each other, people will start to understand that everyone is just a person. In to many cases people with a disability a judged and underestimated. Hopefully when people spend time with them they will understand that a person with a disability can do anything anyone else can just in a different way. I want people to understand that judging people is never right.
Be A Friend is the way we propose to address this problem. The intent of Be A Friend is simple: educate people about people with disabilities, and give people with disabilities a chance to expand their friendships. It takes one person to start the change. The way to do this is by making friends. Have people with and without disabilities spend time with each other. By doing this, people may understand that someone with a disability is just a person. It will also, expand the knowledge of a person with a disability on the idea of what friend is. The goal is to make friends. The outcome is expanding the worlds knowledge of people with disabilities.
Be a Friend is a new organization that is currently focused in the...