How can we break stereotypes and raise awareness of social disadvantage in our community? - Henry Ngh
What are stereotypes?
Stereotypes are ideas made by people that a certain group of people will act in certain ways or associate ideas of them based on past experiences.
sTEREOTYPES ALLOW US TO SIMPLIFY OUR SOCIAL WORLD, AND WE ARE GIVEN GENERAL IMPRESSIONS OF CERTAIN PEOPLE, SOMETIMES INFLUENCED BY PARENTS OR TEACHERS.
In order for people to break their stereotypes of people, it is important to step back and think about why people may act certain ways. This allows us to stop to reason with ourselves, and understand as to how these thoughts could add to our perception of people. If you provide yourself time to learn more about the people you stereotype, you'll find that they are inherently as normal of a human being as you. The best way to break stereotypes, is to actually be around people you stereotype, and work with them.
How can we break stereotypes?
It is important to remember that you have a role when it
comes to breaking stereotypes. You should keep others
reminded of these stereotypes, and you should encourage
methods of getting others to break stereotypes so they can
accept people they stereotype as equal human beings.
Bringing awareness means you can stop a stereotype from
perpetuating, and possibly negatively influencing others.
My experience at nadrasca farms changed my perceptions of disabled people. I worked around with those who had phyiscal, mental, or sensory disabilities. As I hanged around more with them, I realized that they were just normal human beings, like me. I easily broke the stereotypes i held of disabled people, and one of the volunteer workers who talked with us, helped put light to this, when i came to see that even though disabled people have physical or mental differences, their values as human beings are equal to values of mine. We all deserve the same respect, and i came to see that I could easily accept them as normal people, only by being around them more.
Stigma - when someone looks at you differently because of your different features or background
Discrimination - when someone treats you differently because of your different features or background
What is 'stigma' and 'discrimination'?
Problems of stigma and discrimination ->
It can worsen the mental problem and discourage help.
Less chances to get a job or social interaction.
Can lead to bullying and harassment.
Can lead to self-doubt and fear
18% of all Australians were people with disability
STATISTICS and RESEARCH
51% of Australians aged 65 and over live with disability
"research has shown that in 2011 young disabled Australians were five times more likely than their non-disabled peers to experience long-term unemployment and entrenched multiple disadvantage."
How can we raise awareness of social disadvantage in our community?
As individuals, we should make sure that we treat those who are affected by social disadvantage, with the equal respect that they deserve. No-one deserves to be excluded from society because of their differences. Assisting disabled with kind acts, or treating them with equal respect serves as a good example to others to treat and value those disabled as equal human beings. A common issue is 'staring', which is similar to stigma, so we should avoid staring at those with disabilities. It is not respectful.
To contribute to the awareness of social disadvantage, practical acts such as volunteering, can help in assisting a community that aims to bring awareness to the disabled. Or even a donation to charities that support disabled people. Importantly, you can urge employers to give people with disabilities a chance at employment. If this is done collectively, such as a community, you can make influential positive wide scale effects for those affected by social disadvantage.
it is important for us as people involved in our society to not stereotype others without knowing them first. Although we as people may be different, we should aim to assist others who may not be as fortunate as us. such as disabled people, who are affected by social disadvantage, we each have a role to play, large or small, just to make sure their lives are easier. people should become aware of the issues that surround disabled, so we can all live out a happy life that respects everybody else in our society.
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