Thursday 11 January 2024

Current tendencies [Observations]

 The main challenges faced by persons with disabilities that were most documented include

-        A lack of access for both men and women and or children with disabilities to potable water and hygiene products. This, in turn, can be closely examined using two specific cases. That is, slightly affluent people may be in better positions to afford those facilities; whilst others are falling behind no matter how much they try to save. These disparities somehow continue to nurture unhealthy and precarious conditions for these groups of people. To cater to this, it might be advisable to increase the availability of potable water, free of cost, and a subsidy on hygiene products. At the same time, strict measures could be put forward against pollution such that irresponsible acts of throwing garbage everywhere and anywhere are discouraged.

-        Restart or renew a series of activities to reduce the stressful impact Covid-19 had had on individuals and their families. Studies have shown and explained that despite the telemedicine strategy brought to provide healthcare services, many PWDs and their families could not benefit from it or access those facilities. Moreover, these platforms where customer complaints were recorded, were believed to lag behind on accessibility features for persons who were deaf or blind for instance. This is where assistive technologies gained a pivotal ground and showed an important role in the inclusion process. Many more people have been able to benefit from a platform to voice out their personal experiences, and most people have been bullied at least once in their lives.

-      Most telemedicine platforms do not have custom features to ease healthcare communications for persons who are deaf or blind or for persons with cognitive disabilities. Furthermore, there is a dearth of patient education materials for persons with language and literacy challenges. Providers who are utilizing telemedicine may not understand and be able to address the accessibility issues with their patients even if the system is designed correctly. Web accessibility standards that accommodate persons with disabilities need to be enforced on telemedicine platforms.8

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