Let’s bring change to disabled
Regarding the April 20 editorial, ``Let's Make a Difference," I felt guilty about my ignorance and indifference concerning disabled persons and it made me feel ashamed that the government and our society have neglected to take care of them.
With this reason, it's no wonder many people decide to immigrate to a developed country for the sake of their disabled children. I think it's time to call for specific action to make a difference.
As mentioned in your editorial, the government should raise its welfare budget including the portion for disabled people and try to help them live in our society with basic human rights such as mobility, education and job opportunities.
It's such a shame that Korea ranked the second lowest among OECD members in its state budget for disabled persons. Isn't it sad that most disabled people can't afford specialized aid which can improve their lives?
I heard that a couple of years ago a law against the discrimination of the disabled took effect. This law is giving disabled children more opportunities for higher education. One of my students registered as a special education trainee could go to the high school she wanted. We need this kind of down to earth action.
In order to force the government to take action, we need to keep our interests in this topic. I think the media should play an important role in this. I expect to read more articles or editorials on the hard lives of disabled people and more prospective solutions so we can take positive action. Only many people's constant attention can bring a change for the physically challenged.
Middle school teacher