The Americans with Disabilities Act protects the rights of workers to ask for accommodations at work to help them manage more easily. But research has found that older workers are less likely to ask for help, because they worry they'll be perceived as old instead, and that their disability is a result of their age.
At times I've wondered why I was drawn to an understanding of how individuals with disabilities function in our environment. Although my direction began in earnest and continues relentlessly to explore how one's environment can support and nourish one's outlook and daily perspective. This is a passion that has grown since I was very young.
Childhood provides a crucial window for changing cultural perceptions of disability. It is obviously beneficial to children who are disabled or have a disabled family member to be in an atmosphere where their differences are understood as a valued form of diversity, rather than a source of discomfort or fear.
Do what you can to learn more about disability-related issues and help start some discourse about disability equality, and then share that with other people. Disability is not just physical. There are plenty of hidden disabilities related to learning or emotion as well. Help stop stigmas and stereotypes.