Some non-disabled are investing time and effort to change that harsh reality. One of them explains the work of their organization below:
Most of our clients have physical disabilities ranging from mild CP to blindness to people in wheelchairs. Some of our clients were born with a disability while others were injured in car accidents or terror attacks. They are functioning adults, mostly employed, many with university degrees. We hear all the time that with all of their challenges, loneliness is the greatest challenge they face.” [The organization] sponsors monthly events that include a workshop or lecture related to relationship-building, communication or other marriage-related topics as well as time for mingling.And here is one of the organization's success stories. Be sure to click on Turn on Captions so that the English-language subtitles can appear on your screen:
Remember, again: Click on Turn on Captions to view the English subtitles.
There's a little more light at the end of the tunnel, this time from an especially unlikely source. Several American beauty pageant contestants have been women with disabilities ranging from autism to deafness and even missing limbs. Despite my pageant prejudices - I just don't get their appeal - there's no denying that these women and the pageant organizers are promoting acceptance and inclusion.
The woman in the picture below is this year's Miss Iowa, Nicole Kelly, seen on stage during the evening gown portion of the preliminary round of the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 10, 2013 (source: Trade Arabia):