There are many factors that distinguish developed countries from the rest of the world and their ability to cater to the disabled is one of them. Every country has a small population of disabled people who have equal rights and needs as the rest of the population. However, a majority of the needs of the disabled are not always met. In fact, in under-developed countries, disabled people are almost entirely ignored during the planning and execution of projects. There is no provision for easy access to public transportation and commercial facilities such as supermarkets and banks. On the other hand, developed countries ensure that disabled people are properly taken care and empowered to be independent. A recent study puts the number of disabled people in the United Kingdom at about 14 million of which 8% are children and 45% are seniors. And here is how they are being catered for daily necessities.
People with disabilities have access to special kinds of healthcare in developed countries that are not available elsewhere. The National Healthcare System (NHS) in the United Kingdom provides medical coverage at little to no fees for all residents regardless of income level or disability status. At the very least, primary healthcare is taken care of by the government. And for those who can afford it, they can take out private health insurance to ensure additional coverage at private hospitals and clinics.
In many developed countries, people with disability enjoy free transportation with additional personalised assistance, if needed. Train service providers are mandated to have wheelchair spaces with brakes as part of the Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP). On buses, there are ramps and storage for wheelchairs. For private vehicles, manufacturers are now producing cars that cater to people with specific disabilities. Special parking spots are also reserved for them nationwide. This is how a nation shows support to its citizens with special needs.
In the United Kingdom, people with disabilities can use their disability benefits to join the Motability scheme, which allows them to lease cars, scooters or powered wheelchairs. Sandown-Group, a reputable Mercedes-Benz retailer, offers unique opportunities for disabled people to enjoy the thrill of owning a luxury car through its Motability car scheme.
It has now become a standard within the real estate industry to include a few units of homes specially designed to accommodate people with disabilities. These accommodations include a wheelchair ramp, adjustable beds, ceiling hoists for lifting, and stairlifts. For those with specific disabilities additional gadgets that address specific tasks are included such as devices for the visually impaired, vibrating devices for the deaf and special reminders for people suffering from memory loss. This luxury is rarely found in under-developed and developing countries.
Just because people are disabled does not mean they are any less important to the country. Young people with disabilities are constantly coming up with creative ways to become more productive and useful in their society and the world at large. Without these special accommodations and support in developed countries, a lot of talents would be wasted as it is currently being done in other parts of the world.