Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Various challenges of living with a disability

Being restricted can create extra challenges and at times difficulties that you will have to overcome. Here are a few challenges that you may have to overcome to live a more fulfilled life:

Living with the family:

Sometimes members of your family, particularly parents, may try to run your life by taking all the decisions. You may feel your parents worry too much or are over protective if you try to do something out of your comfort zone. Everyone has the right to have a say in decisions related to their lives, but it will take extra effort for you to convince your folks that you are perfectly capable of taking care of yourself.

Your family may feel that they are helping you by handling everything for you. Let them know that while you appreciate their intention, you want to do some things yourself.  Sit down with your parents and make a plan about the things you can slowly take over for yourself.

Know your rights:

There are special laws that protect people who suffer from disabilities to make sure they are as much a part of the community as others. Not being treated fairly is known as discrimination. No matter where you reside, you have the right to, 

  1. Be treated with respect
  2. To enjoy the same benefits and rights as others
  3. To have equal rights to education and opportunities
  4. To be pivotal in making decisions that directly or indirectly affect your life
  5. To get the support you need
Making friends:

A lot of people with disabilities find it extremely hard to make good friends. However, this does not mean it's impossible. You just have to look for the right people and groups and have to work harder at it. It is important to keep trying till you find the right group.

Friendships are a source of emotional support, fun, and sharing interests. People who live with a disability may suffer from a low self-esteem and may find it hard to feel good about themselves. Considerate and loving friends can help with this.

Physical health:

People suffering from a disability have a tendency to think about things they cannot do, rather than focusing on what they are good at. It is important that you keep your life as healthy as possible. This includes eating well, exercising, resting and going out!

Remember, anyone can live a fulfilled and happy life, irrespective of their disabilities. It is important that you stand up for yourself and face the challenges head on. There are several facilities such as non-emergency medical transportation and government laws that can help you live a more independent life.