If you have a disability of any kind, it is highly likely that it affects your life in many profound ways. Whether this is something you have had to figure out since birth, or it is a relatively recent development, there can be a long process of trying to come to terms with it in a world which sometimes seems unable to really be of much help. When things do start to seem that dark, it is always a good idea to try and remind yourself that, in fact, there is always help to be had when you have a disability, even if it doesn’t always seem like it. In this post, we will quickly go through just a few of the kinds of help you might want to remind yourself of, just to let you know it is there when it might be necessary.Pic
Friends & Family
It may feel as though there are not many people around you, and there will be times when there really aren’t. But if you take a deep breath and look around, you will most likely recognize that there is usually someone there, and that there are opportunities to develop new connections and networks for support. Even one or two people will do it, and those one or two people are very important: so it’s worth remembering how important they are, and how important connections are.
Some of you with disabilities will be able to have a carer to work with you for a long period of time. This is great because it means you can develop a genuine relationship with them which will last over time, and that alone can be nourishing and incredibly useful. The situation might be any number of things, however, and something the carer will always be able to help you with is answering questions about the situation at hand which you might not be sure of. It could be that you are wondering what age should you move into a retirement community? Or whether you would be entitled to a particular benefit? Whatever it is having a carer is more than just having someone to physically care for you. Done properly their role should be to support you in all ways.Pic
Sometimes the help you need with your disability is financial, and this is somewhere where the government might be able to help. Check into grants and foundations for more – google your local disability access center and see what is available locally, and try extending your search to see about international options.
The most important thing to remember is to not give up if it’s challenging because there is always a way. You just have to find it.