Monday, May 7, 2012

Taking advantage of your disability

Just because you have a disability does not mean that you are unable. Being disabled gives you the knowledge on how to cope and adapt to deal with your environment. For example, if you are in a wheelchair you eventually adapt to your lack of reach. You may set your items lower or use an extended reach tool. Another example would be if you have trouble holding something steady. For some people with disabilities it can be difficult to hold something like a glass of water. For this situation it depends on the person and the condition of the arm and hand. Since I have tremors in my hands I fill my cup up half way and as I pick up the glass I would bring my head down. This would help minimize the space between my mouth and the cup.

There are other ways to take advantage of your disability. What I would like to do is help people cope with their disabilities and limitations. My experience allows me to relate to other disabled people. I would also like to prevent people from developing some sort of social anxiety. This can happen when the feeling of "sticking out" arises. The person would feel eyes on them and begin to get anxious. If they can change their outlook on themselves they can more easily enter a social environment. With a better social life a person with a disability can have a greater view of themselves.

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