The paper must be double-spaced, using 12-point font (Times New Roman) with one inch margins (top/bottom and left/right) with a narrative that is between 750 and 1,000 words or 3 to 4 pages of text. While it is OK if you go over the limit, papers less than 750 words will result in point value deductions. Also, please keep in in mind that the cover page that includes your name and country selected is NOT part of the page limit.
Order of Paper Subheadings
When writing the paper, BE SURE TO USE THESE EXACT SUBHEADINGS IN THE FOLLOWING ORDER:
Relevant Disability Demographics Pertaining to this Country
Identify the other country that you selected that you intend to compare with the United States and provide a brief reason why you selected this country. You may have visited this country before, plan to visit it sometime in the future or simply have some other interest. If you have no specific reason then that is fine as well. This introduction should only take a few sentences to explain.
Once you select your country of interest, provide recent statistical information (within past three years) that includes general geography (where country located), DISABILITY demographics on the population you selected as it applies to: (a) age groupings (approximate percent by different age categories), (b) educational achievement levels (high school and college graduation rates of this group) and information about the education system (mainstreamed or segregated schools), (c) un/employment rates and type of work performed (unskilled v. skilled labor and type of employment being full-time or part-time), and (d) demographics by ethnicity/race and gender). As it relates to education and employment, indicate how these outcome data compares with that to United States in relation the specific disability group of interest. For example, we know from the class, that the unemployment rate of PWD can vary between 60% and 80%, depending on disability. For people with spinal cord injuries, over their lifetime it may only be 30% (https://www.nscisc.uab.edu/Public/Facts%20and%20Figures%20-%202018.pdf (Links to an external site.)) while about 45% of people with intellectual disabilities are employed (https://www.specialolympics.org/our-work/research/national-snapshot-of-adults-with-intellectual-disabilities-in-the-labor-force (Links to an external site.)).
Applicable Laws, Policies and Ratification of UNCRPD
Identify and briefly explain the major laws and policies pertaining to PWD in the country you have selected and, if relevant, describe if there are any special considerations or laws for the particular disability group that you selected as it relates to this country. For example, is there similar legislation that pertains to public access and services, employment and education similar to the ADA and IDEA that exists in the United States? If so, what are similar applicable laws and are there any noticeable differences between this country and the United States (e.g., ADA, IDEA)? Also, what is the status of this country’s ratification (or not) of the U.S. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Please note that we will provide you information about the UNCRPD in this module to help you answer this section. If you also want to get a good head start (as it may impact what country you compare to the United States) to see if the country you have selected has ratified the UNCRPD, then go to this link: https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/discrimination/crpd-milestone.php (Links to an external site.)
Looking at the comparison country’s healthcare system (medical care for all v. private insurance, mortality rate for this disability group, access to medical and social services, history of institutionalization) and educational system (mainstream v. “specialized schools”) what do you conclude as to which disability model(s) we discussed in Week 3 does this country apply to this specific disability? From what you know of this country that you read about or saw on YouTube videos, how do you believe PWD are treated? Do you see this country has a more evolved view as to how they treat this group of PWD than what exists in the United States? If so, what are some examples that support your belief (more evolved or less evolved)?
Please cite all references (URLs, journal articles, reports, monographs) that you used in answering these questions. You should examine scholarly journals, and look for current research and newsworthy events to support your narrative.