The one question I have is how black people are going be when it comes to practising group economics with disabled people in our neighbourhoods. For example, there is much free market doctrine going on when it comes to creating our own economies and setting up our own businesses but where does this leave disabled and marginalised persons, such as those who have just been released from prison or who have been out of work for a great amount of time.
On this site I have a page which looks at how people in the UK are able to get public support when setting up their own businesses or organisations, in the form of funding, advice or guidance . I would like to ask how many of the people who put out the idea of group economics have considered disabled persons and rehabilitating men and women who are socially excluded. Most rhetoric focuses on able bodied and minded persons, but what about those with learning difficulties or disabilities.
Would you employ them or would you consider at least providing them with work experience, prior to not understanding why we were locked up I would have been hesitant, but now I would say yes as they didn’t get a chance in the first place which is why they ended up where they were. Like every one most deserve a chance.
Most people with disabilities are the best workers and tend to be passionate as they unlike able bodies persons do not take having a opportunity to work or owning a business for granted, they are very reliable and with a little bit of extra work the work place environment can be tailored to their needs.
In the black neighbourhood there are black people with disabilities, within families, whether these be mental or physical. The black network is not sure how to deal with this as there is much talk and some programmes, which look at employing and enabling those returning from prison to be economically active. This cannot be said to be true of those disabled, as pointed our above some of us who are not disabled just discuss things from an able bodied and minded point of view.
I was having a discussion and thinking about some of the sources which I have used (see below) to write this blog and it occurred to me that black people have many mental health issues, but it is not recognised or is not dealt with sufficiently, whilst persons with physical disabilities are not considered nearly as much as those who are able bodies. If you were to consider developing black economics and neighbourhoods, only making a few adjustments to accommodate those with physical disabilities.
The greater effort would be whether or not support could be provided for those with mental health disabilities as they can be unreliable but this does not mean they would not contribute towards the black economy. A suggestion would be to encourage those with mental health disabilities to own businesses and then manage the periods where they are unable to work on their business and have a support network to ensure they can sustain themselves, where they are not very much economically active.