Protecting Posterity: The Effect of Disability and Poverty on Children
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This paper exposes the adverse effects that poverty and disability have on children in the many aspects of their lives. Among these aspects are home life, education, future prospects, and social life. In researching studies, reviewing articles, and conducting interviews with people in the field, I have found that the intersectionality between disability and poverty can produce much hardship in children’s lives. The effects of poverty and disability are intertwined and often the presence of one can bring the onset of the other. Having both of these hardships in ones’ life can lead to lack of education, social exclusion, difficult home life, poor health, and limited future prospects. This problem is one of great importance to disciplines that interact with children or deal with poverty and disability. Some ways to begin to diminish this problem are to change the way in which society views these problems. In changing the attitude of society toward these children, we allow them to have opportunities which they did not before. We can also do more research to figure out the relationship between disability and poverty and how it affects children. Additionally, the expansion of helpful programs would allow for more children to be reached and assisted. These interventions can aid in improving the lives of children.