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Niepełnosprawni – przełamywanie stereotypów i barier integracji
Disabled people – challenging stereotypes and obstacles to integration

Author(s): Paweł Szymborski, Krystyna Szafraniec
Subject(s): Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life
Published by: Kancelaria Sejmu
Keywords: disabled; stereotypes; overcoming barriers of integration; Poland;

Summary/Abstract: Social policy as well as change of people’s mentality in Poland eliminated or mitigated some of barriers to integration. Nevertheless the disabled are still one of the disfavoured social groups. These barriers exist in labour market, in urban architecture, in social attitudes towards disable people. It is shown in this article how a stereotype of disable person has been changed for over last twenty years and how difficult is to grasp the scale of discrimination. Social perception of disability is diversified through different situation in which they are in and through different situation the other people are in. In order to present this diversity the life course perspective was adopted. For young disabled and their parents the crutial question is how broadly and how friendly the educational system is open for them, for adults – the labour market, the reliant seniors have to face another problems. On the other hand changes in social opinions and the role of media, NGO-s, local government are presented here. The empirical basement of the article are various existing data collected by official state institutions, organizations, sociological surveys and studies.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 123–148
  • Page Count: 26