Different Barriers to Inclusion and Equality and their Impacts on Adult Care
There are different barriers to inclusion and diversity. The most common ones are religious beliefs, upbringing, culture, and prejudice. The preconceived opinion that is not based on personal experience or reason is referred to as prejudice, therefore generating barriers to identify equality of rights for all. Through dietary, relational, or spiritual needs can prevent cultural barriers. Moreover, various religious beliefs are not considered and minorities are not acknowledged and marginalized. Other important barriers can be personal, institutional, and structural. Personal barriers are those where individual prejudices can be considered by the staff that can impact their practice. Institutional barriers are the one where service or organizational culture that excludes specific groups or people is sustained by practices, processes, and policies. Lastly, most of the common barriers are cultural and language differences, lack of funding, lack of involvement of employees, problem consultants, and negative attitudes. Negative attitudes of individuals can hinder the participation experienced by individuals working in adult care. Along with this, another major barrier can be the lack of related assistant technology such as using rehabilitative, adaptive, and assistive devices.
To lessen the impacts of these different barriers, it must be assured that all opportunities or activities provided are proper to the level and age of understanding among the adults in the group. Secondly, it must be assured that the policy of equality and diversity is well understood by all of the adults working in and adults using adult care services. Third, the predictable routines for adults suffering from autism must also be provided. Fourth, all of the procedures and practices in the setting that may be perceived discriminatory towards any adult must also be discussed. Lastly, the awareness level amongst the adults about equality and diversity practice and issues must be increased and assessed. It is important to consider that the detrimental impacts of barriers to inclusion and diversity can decrease motivational and morale levels in adults.