Published May 8, 2013
The irony of considering sustainability is disabilities are integral to the sustainability nexus and discussion. The role of sustainability aggregates and identifies connections or synthesizes for optimization by removing or reducing constraints that prevent sustainability. In my courses a favorite question was to ask “who is disabled?” Invariably in the classroom of youthful higher education undergraduates would hear the question and fail to raise their hands despite their obvious contacts, eyeglasses as an example. The term disability has a longitudinal and complex calibration as many have not understood the relevance of the infirmity from manageable to serious.
The role of disability is a global conversation as Zambia has identified its impact on economy and sustainability. The discourse of “Zambia: Convention for Rights of Persons With Disabilities Welcome” is their “effort to promote sustainable rehabilitation and create employment for persons with disabilities in Zambia.”
All Africa role in disclosing “the reason why the Government created Zambia Agency for Persons with Disabilities (ZAPD), National Trustee for the Disabled (NTD) and National Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (NVRC) was to better address challenges persons with disabilities are facing if properly managed by qualified personnel”
“According to the world report on disability of the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, more than one billion persons worldwide live with some form of disability. Of these, nearly 200 million experience considerable difficulties in performing daily activities. This means that they cannot manage daily work.”
Disabilities is a state of identifying the infirmity but as populations age and pass a threshold, illness and time produces sicknesses that become disabilities hindering access, mobility leading to poverty states as health bills increase and soak up retirement or savings. This is of clear importance because it will be the task of governments, states and townships to support these many few on the rise. Therefore, the economic stability and social conscious of nation must care for those who cannot care for themselves. This all falls at a cost to be managed and accrued over time- sustainability thinking an planning.
“The Government has to find best ways of supporting that category of persons with disabilities if real inclusion is to take place. Worldwide, persons with disabilities experience worse health conditions, poorer academic performance, lower economic participation and higher poverty rates compared to persons without disabilities.”
The state of economic stability in this new economy will be integral to the care of the aging, sick, infirmed and disabled. The task is that working well who become ill become previously working poor very quickly, for those who have the value proposition of self-care is self-derived. The word poor today is revolving and evolving as poor can occur within three cycles of loss of funds for three paychecks as many in the west operate beyond their credit limits and other nations the services are distributed among the masses straining the resources of the nation to provide full care.
The article goes onto say, “This is in part due to the obstacles that persons with disabilities experience while accessing services, particularly health, education, employment, transport or information services. These difficulties are exacerbated in disadvantaged communities. As a consequence, development activities and poverty reduction efforts must explicitly include the issue of disability if they are really meant to benefit all components of society.”
“However, single agents cannot succeed in this task by themselves. The sustainable promotion of an inclusive development requires cooperation among different actors. Moreover, in order to effectively reduce poverty, those individuals who experience it must be involved in the design and implementation of relevant development programmes.”
In the United States, so many have benefitted from the Disabilities Act of 1990 in which access curbs, open and revolving doors, bathroom expansion and retrofits were provided that assisted the general public to skateboard, ride bikes, baby stroll and lazily walks across these access curbs. Lower buses to drop down assisted the many. Consider, the overall value achieved by the Disabilities Act for everyone. It is now a global conversation to determine how to support citizenry for access and economic viability in the sustainability nexus.
The role of sustainability is to breach the bridge of inclusion to understand the value proposition of all and the ecosystem dynamic unfolding for sustainability. The role of government and business are tasked to engage in the social, economic and resource conversation of health, safety, jobs and economic solutions for the physically, fit, educated ,under educated, disabled and progressively disabled to produce jobs and opportunity as the world offered before the age of intelligence and technological divide.