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What Place For Autonomy And Inclusion?

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Two concepts come up frequently when talking about accessibility for the disabled especially when using left foot gas pedal van: autonomy and inclusion.

Autonomy: Symbol Of Freedom For People With Disabilities

As we have seen, autonomy is part of the definition of accessibility established by the government. Why should we insist on this notion? Because it is essential for all human beings. We all aspire to keep our autonomy as long as possible, to keep our ability to make our own decisions, to act freely, not to depend on anyone, especially when we get older. Being autonomous implies being an integral part of society and being a full actor in it.

For people with a disability, whatever it may be, maintaining their autonomy means freeing themselves from their disability, not letting it hinder their lives, and leading the life they want. Therefore, do not depend on the services of a third-party systematically, if possible.

However, when we talk about disability, this rooted idea emerges that a person with a disability cannot be independent, need help with all daily tasks, and work like others. It comes from a lack of knowledge of disability. Yes, people with disabilities can encounter obstacles, but solutions exist, as we will see. Yes, they have a disability, but it is primarily different abilities. And so yes, they too may want to do their shopping, take the bus, have a drink. All independently, like anyone else.

But when a caregiver or an accompanying person is necessary, his role is to ensure that the organization of the person with a disability, their decisions, choices, preferences, etc., are respected. In this way, the person in question is not dependent on everything and remains autonomous for everything that concerns her.

Inclusion: An Unattainable Utopia?

Inclusion of people with a disability is understood to mean full recognition of their place in society on the same basis as anyone else. This means that everything must be accessible: schools, supermarkets, transport networks, restaurants, hospitals, etc. We, therefore, believe that equipping all these places with accessible solutions will automatically lead to the inclusion of people with disabilities. But the reality is more complex.