Badriah Al-kkly is Professor of Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Tripoli, in the country of Libya. She has been faculty at the university for a number of years and travels regionally and globally to talk on her work in education, educational psychology, and work on social issues and social awareness, such as work with and on the physically challenged. Her work extends past national boundaries and throughout the region, where her ideas have been absorbed by academics and their work in numerous countries around the world, including in Asian, Europe, and the Middle East.
Physically challenged people in Libya currently have no special facilities. NGOs have not provided special vehicles for them. So they have to use public transport, which is not convenient, unlike other modern countries, which provide special facilities: All this due to the current situation in Libya.
The inspiration for this project emerged from the social service sector. The investigator noticed that some physically challenged people have a high self concept.
In the research, the investigator focused on perceptions of the psychically challenged, towards both self and the non physically challenged, whether this vision affects the physically challenged, and asks, is there a relationship between self-perception and other-perception?
The research found that the physically challenged view selves very positively, and without deformity. Even more, they view selves as above the non-physically challenged, because they know their challenges, but do their work perfectly.
This is a global issue, but focusing on Libya. It has exacerbated post-war, post-crisis and post-accident, thus producing hundreds of permanently injured people. Society risks losing this category if it does not show full physical and psychological support. Society’s task is to address this category ad to provide them with full care and support.
In this study, the data sample and results were based on Libyans during the last revolution. The research was presented to the University of Tripoli, in Libya. acquaintances, scholars and researchers have all benefited from its recommendations, and the study has inspired other research. Some physically challenged people do not accept their social positioning based on their physical competences. They do not like to ask for assistance as they see themselves as competence to the extent where they can accomplish anything they desire. Also, they desire to be treated as normal. And because they apply themselves at work, they elevate selves above the non-physically challenged. They do not consider their condition problematic, due to that they can accomplish what they desire. From the perspective of this study, physically challenged people are a very important segment of society, particularly following the recent events and revolutions in Libya.