Power of language: Star Children Initiative

What we call people distances them from us and us from them.

Two thirds (67%) of the British public feels uncomfortable talking to disabled people. Over a third (36%) of the people tend to think of disabled people, as not as productive as everyone else.A quarter (24%) of disabled people has experienced attitudes or behavior where other people expected less of them because of their disability.One fifth (21%) of 18-34 years old admit that they have actually avoided talking to disabled person because they weren’t sure on how to communicate with them.These statics are based on the 2014 published report on Current Attitudes Towards Disabled people by Scope Organization.

How we define disability is tremendously important, it shapes the representation of disability, which influences our attitudes, expectations and interactions towards disabled people.

Societal attitudes towards disabled people is unacceptable, as the statistic above shows, we live in a society that excludes particular groups and individuals perceived as ‘inferior’ ‘incapable’ and ‘unacceptable’ according to social norms or social morals, and as a result of this, societal model of disability is unfriendly, and hostile. This further contributes to marginalization, alienation, social restrictions, questionable notions of intelligence and social competence faced by disabled people.

Discourses on disability has been an ongoing subject  through historical and cultural  timeline, some of this discourses reflects insensitive  and inhumane forms of categorization used to address disabled people, words such as  Idiot, moron, mentally handicapped, subnormal, mentally defiant, insane, and imbecile etc. though most of these words are no longer openly used to identity people with disability, but on the other hand the reality is that, societal attitudes towards people with disability echoes these words, which raises a serious question about the society we live in.

Disability should not be viewed as a tragedy, nor a sin, or a punishment; it should never be addressed as a subject of sentiments. It is a human rights issue, which is why this article will be telling you about the organization you need to support, because we all can generate change, we were not born with the gene of prejudice, these perceptions and morals are socially constructed and nurtured, it is time we unlearn the biased social morals, and acknowledge the reality that we are all different, but yet, we are all the same.

Star Children Initiative is a charity organization that raises awareness about the challenges faced by children with disabilities (0-18 years old) and their families.

On the 24th of April 2015, Star Children Initiative organized a conference addressing the importance of Africans coming together with one voice, in order to ‘spark a social change, that will alleviate poverty and hunger that are always experienced by persons with disabilities’, the event was extremely educative, the speakers spoke with great passion.

We will like to use this opportunity to applaud Ms Grace Alexander, the founder and CEO of Star Children Initiative, when we talk about fierceness, humbleness, charismatic, passionate and beauty, Ms Alexander embodies all these qualities. We commend her for creating such a great organization.Thus therefore, we urge you, to support the Star Children Initiative Organisation. For more information about this organization go on https://www.facebook.com/Starchildreninitiative?fref=ts

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