Infrastructural Discrimination for Disabled Persons
Infrastructural Discrimination for Disabled Persons

Infrastructural Discrimination for Disabled Persons

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My vision for majoring in Mechanical Engineering course roots back in the year 2011, a year of the Lord that still ticks in the back of my mind like yesterday. My cousin who lives in Vienna visited us the last week of December 2011, precisely on 26th December. On our way to the airport, I never thought that Mark was physically challenged (disabled); he had a road accident a year ago while returning home from his daily job as an accountant. Fast forward, we picked him and headed home, it was on Boxing Day, and we had planned for an evening party at a club in town. The evening came, we drove to town but on reaching the venue we noted that Mark would not access the second floor of the building just because he was physically challenged and could not use the wheelchair on the escalator.

This humbled me; I overcomed the challenge, placed Mark on my back and headed over the staircase to the second floor. He was so remorse and calm that made me learn and appreciate the life experienced by the handicapped or disabled persons on daily basis. Personally, the accomplishment to overcome the challenge of our local infrastructure and appreciate the disabled persons marked my transition from childhood to adulthood with a vision of using my profession in changing the life of the helpless and differently abled in our family, community and society in general.

Discuss an accomplishment or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family

As a self-directed individual, I aim to use the acquired skills, knowledge and expertise from mechanical engi

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neering field to change the perception, attitude, and style used to construct different infrastructures around the world. Discrimination in infrastructure construction is the primary problem that I will aim to solve. I will make sure that engineers, government and policymakers consider the needs of handicapped and differently abled individuals like my cousin Mark.

The profession in mind

Having highlighted infrastructural discrimination as the core problem that I will be aiming to solve, it is also important to highlight some of the hidden discrimination that will also be considered and solved in my professional campaign in pursuit of equality between the normal, the handicapped and the differently abled persons. First, in our cities, the transport system is designed by engineers, but we have buses that not accessible to disabled people, secondly, we have streets that are constructed without ramps, blind individuals without access to Braille and deaf people without interpreters or healing aids. Basically, as an aspiring mechanical engineering professional, I feel that I have a gap I need to fill by acquiring the knowledge and exposure offered in this precious higher learning institution.

 Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. It doesn’t have to be about engineering or anything like that, that’s just what

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I put because i plan on majoring in mechanical engineering

The unique solution to this challenge is founded on my background, identity, talent, and interest in equitable, developed and peaceful society. In our family background, I have an uncle, cousin and relative working in the engineering field which means engineering is a thing in our family line. Personally, I identify myself as an individual who runs under the internal locus of control where I believe that I must put the effort in utilizing my ideas, knowledge, and talent to bring change in my life as well as society in general. Furthermore, I believe I have a talent in design which I discovered way back in grade 8. With this talent am sure that the knowledge that I will acquire from this course will enable me in developing innovative plans and policies that may be adopted by national government when approving public infrastructures in our country. In essence, it means that the knowledge acquired by taking this course will enable me in improving, equating all people in the society regardless of their physical, mental or psychological ability.

My background, identity, talent, and interest

According to our cultural norms and values, an adult should always have the capability to impact positive values in the lives of the community members. I believe that by acquiring this major in mechanical engineering, I will be in a better position to change the life of the most vulnerable group in our community. Information is power, and I personally believe that by majoring in mechanical engineering I will have the power to transform the village norms, values, style and attitude towards a positive life for the minority Disabled and handicapped individuals. Comment by David: Solving the problem from a cultural point of view.

Back to my real life experience with Mark, after the laugh and party activities, we were ready to move back home, I took the next step of placing Mark back to my back down the stairs to the parking lot. Experience is the best teacher, and I learned the pain, the struggle and the unfaithful world that physically challenged people may live in if the outer community does not mind about their needs, their worries, and their rights when building social infrastructures. Therefore, my passion for empowering the physically challenged while building my career as a professional engineer may only be achieved by pursuing a major in mechanical engineering.

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