World Justice Day and Disability Rights
Each and everyday people experience and witness social injustices. These injustices include discrimination and exclusivity based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status and disability. The ideas and actions surrounding achieving social justice by eliminating barriers promote peace and equity. Thus, in 2007, the United Nations deemed February 20th world day of social justice to raise awareness of social inequities and encourage engagement in various social issues. This year’s theme for world social justice day 2019 is: “If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice (Social, Justice, Equality, n.d.).” The theme speaks to how social harmony and advancement is deeply rooted in social justice and equity.
Social justice is a topic that has various avenues for discussion and action. When speaking of social justice and equity, it is important to acknowledge disability rights. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, ensures that individuals living with a disability receive equal opportunity. It covers disability laws ranging from employment, transportation, housing, and education. In addition to protections under The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regulations outlined in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 also apply to Georgia State University students due to the institution receiving federal funding. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 states that “no otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination (A Guide to Disability Rights Laws, 2009).”
The office of disability services at Georgia State University makes sure that students have access to resources and services that they need to ensure academic success. It also offers a variety of services including academic coaching, note taking, lab assistance and determining appropriate accommodations for each student. A few resources that are provided to students are assistive technology, information on academic/college success tips, information regarding tutoring, etc. By remaining student-centered and providing the opportunity for students with disabilities to have their academic needs met, the office of disability services contributes to the fight against social injustice through promoting social equity and inclusivity.
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February 14, 2019, from http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/