Checklist: are you an ally for a person with disability?

Positive changes in attitude towards disability and people with disability are on the way, and it would be right of us to do out part by checking ourselves and our attitudes, regarding this topic. There are many web resources out there teaching us to be better allies for people with disabilities, but I attempted to put together to my best ability the most comprehensive checklist. Read on!

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Covid-19 and disabilities

In March 2020, the world stopped. Well figuratively speaking of course, but we were faced with a new virus which to this day has killed approximately 1,3million people worldwide. Reports have shown, that unless you are healthy and do not have any underlying risk factors, chances of infecting with a deadly version of Covid-19 are relatively small.

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“The D-word”: how the language evolves around disability-related topics

We are fortunate to live in an era when the diversity of human lives and experiences is gaining momentum, is widely developed, discussed, and addressed. It is slowly but surely making its way into all corners of society, both in online and offline reality.

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Representation of disabilities in popular culture

Hello my dear student colleagues and welcome to our first blog! I thought it would be fun to start off with a little “lighter” angle to our world of disabilities – but something that I´ve been contemplating to write about for some time now. The heading itself might already be self-explanatory. So, when you think of it – when was the last time you saw a real disabled person in a movie, tv-show, in a Netflix series, reality-tv…think about it?

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The D-Word

What you’re about to read is an open-minded exploration of the world of disabilities.
We want information to be easily digestible for the general public.
We bring the blog live to promote inclusion in the society and bring our contribution to de-stigmatisation of life with disabilities.
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Right to live a normal life

“Finnish law states that a disabled person must not be discriminated against because of his or her disability. A disabled person has the right to live a normal life, for example, to study, work and start a family. Finland is also committed to the UN treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities.”(infofinland)

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Introduction to the Helping Hands blog

Hands up everyone!  

You are warmly welcomed to explore our blog, called Helping Hands. We are five 2nd and 3rd year Social Services students from Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Tikkurila campus. 

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