In these years of economic and humanitarian crisis, people with disabilities in the European Union have to endure more and more challenges in their daily lives. In contradiction with the plan of strategy Europe 2020, the policies of austerity result in aggravating the social and economic life of the disabled.
As a matter of fact, austerity leads to:
- the reduction in necessary funds, through cuts in valuable disability allowances in addition to a significant rise in taxes
- social exclusion of the disabled due to the reduction of their income
- the disabled tend to be seen as people committed frauds against the system and/or be accused of deteriorating society’s welfare
These trends contribute to the social exclusion of people with disabilities and promote unjust discriminations, as well. However, it is unacceptable to treat the disabled as a burden for our society. Actually, we should always bear in mind that a society in which the disabled are being excluded is one built on a weak and unfair foundation.
In the end, poverty of people with disabilities is neither natural nor logical; it is a social and political flaw and, as such, it can and should be rectified.