It’s said that around one in five people in the United States lives with a disability. And still, many avoid talking about disabilities. Hassles with public transport, inappropriate questions from strangers and first dates, and making up excuses for going home early in order to avoid an awkward conversation – some see it all on a daily basis. What about the first day at a new job? Disabilities can affect every aspect of someone’s life, but it’s often other people that make it more difficult than it needs to be. People with disabilities are often subject to bullying and abuse and are considered as inferior when it comes to applying for a job. It eventually becomes a normal routine and it’s accepted as an everyday thing “I can’t go there,” or “I can’t do that.” It’s clear that certain behaviors, stereotypes, and attitudes are wrong, unnecessary and should be avoided at all costs.
Sometimes access is the problem. Many shops are inaccessible and many transportation issues arise for everyone in a wheelchair. Application procedure for a job becomes an ordeal for the people with impaired hearing. Disability is not what defines people. Different is not a problem, different is good. People are the main problem.
There are certain websites whose main focus is on helping disabled people by offering tips and advises covering everything from travel issues, to mobility aids, employment issues, and different equipment.
Making adjustments and adapting to a life with a disability can be a challenging road. But to answer the question “is it possible to have a good and fulfilling life with a disability”, the answer is yes, absolutely. Learning to accept your disability can be difficult, and what comes next is everyone else around you accepting the disability. It is quite often that people with disabilities are met with awkward stares. It is generally considered rude and unnecessary to stare at people on the street or in transport, so why do it? People have trouble with accepting different people and different things- people have a problem with change.
Numerous problems arise when a disability is invisible. Trying to fit in while having to explain your problem, again and again, is a laborious task. Eventually, acceptance and self-love overpower the fear, stress, and anger, and that can be considered a huge first step towards learning to cope with something that is affecting your daily life. No, disability does not make someone less competent for a certain job or a task and no one should be made to feel uncomfortable bringing it up when necessary. Trying to keep a secret that huge is not easy and no one should be put in a position where they feel they need to do that.
Going from anger to acceptance and to fully loving yourself can last long. Friends, family, and all the other support can greatly help with overcoming the fears and the troubles that come with everyday life. New hobbies and activities that make you happy are also more than welcome! If you want to explore around on your own, that is possible as well with a mobility scooter added Keep Moving Care.