Sometimes, reality strikes you hard. I’ve been here 2 months almost, but I’ll never forget the day that I made my very first house visit.
From a social worker angle, you might think that it is the client him/herself that you’ll have hard time to manage or understand.. You may think it is due to their personal problems that you will find it hard to cope. But boy, was I wrong. What affected me the most was the immediate reality of the client, the face of absolute poverty.
I don’t neccessarily think that it is the disabilities in particular that makes a problem a problem here… But the complexty of the context that they’re in.
Not being able to go anywhere by your own – even if you’re physically able to, there are so many obstacles, in particulrar the infrastructure. For ex. the very high threshold of the door to their home which would be impossible to roll the wheelchair over even with someone pushing it from behind. The other major issue being not getting love and affection you deserve from the ones around you, and being utterly dependent on them.
Referring to this particular case, I am not even sure that the client gets to go to school. …Many basic human rights not being met here as you can see. And it feels so unfair.