Challenges Encountered by Selected Individuals with Disabilities in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
Keywords:Education, challenges, people with disabilities, impairments
People with disabilities (PWD) include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments. Their life experiences have been significantly impacted by the constraints imposed by living with these disabilities and the numerous difficulties and hurdles they have had to overcome. Concerned with this phenomenon, the researchers studied the challenges faced by selected individuals with disabilities in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija. The study used the phenomenological research method to analyze and evaluate the challenges faced by a group of disabled individuals in San Isidro, Nueva Ecija. The respondents in this study were five (5) individuals with disabilities (PWD), and pertinent information was gathered through semi-structured interviews. The researchers allowed time for unexpected events to occur while obtaining data, creating a welcoming and open environment that encouraged participants to share their personal experiences. This study's findings include the following as a result of the respondents' (people with disabilities) willingness to openly discuss the difficulties they have encountered as PWDs: frequent instances of discrimination, ongoing bullying, a lack of job opportunities, difficulty with transportation, and a sense of being a burden on their families. They also publicly acknowledged that their confidence in God, their values, and the love and support their families provide enable them to persevere in the face of hardship. Based on the findings, it can be concluded that some PWDs still encountered and experienced discrimination and other challenges due to their situation. However, it also highlights the significance of love and empathy for persons with disabilities as well as respect, a sense of belonging, and employment opportunities that cater to their needs so that they will have the sense of importance and significance that will enable them to participate in our communities and society as a whole.