Most people can imagine that living with a disability isn’t easy. From the stigmatization of disabilities in everyday culture to the clear barriers in everyday life, it’s easy to see that resilience and understanding is crucial. But the impacts it can have on your life and the real, dangerous implications are lesser understood and can be a severe surprise if you are suddenly disabled by an injury or accident. Here are some of the challenges, as well as some of the steps that you can take to work with them.
Many might assume that living with a disability, particular a severe one, means that you have to learn to accept help where you can find it. There’s no doubt that you may need assistance from time to time, but by focusing on independent living, you can need less of it can be in control of more of your day-to-day life. For instance, by making your home more accessible you can lessen your need for live-in assistance. There is a whole range of home accessibility changes, from lowering the heights of kitchen surfaces for wheelchair users to installing shower seats for those who have trouble standing for long periods of time. It’s all about finding the right options for you.
The financial implications
The money aspect of living with a disability is one that requires a lot more attention. Depending on the disability, some people have trouble maintaining any kind of job, especially when it comes to mental issues like dyspraxia. For physical issues, especially those caused by accidents or injuries, you need to know if you deserve compensation for your personal injury, as you can have many of the costs of treatment covered, as well as compensation for income lost. Otherwise, applying for social security early is essential, and there may be organizations locally, statewide and federally that can help with your particular challenges. In terms of employment, many people may find themselves better able to work in their home environment, making money through the internet, rather than finding traditional employment.
Your emotional health
Even those people living with solely physical disabilities find that their mental health can suffer due to the struggles they face. Feelings of inadequacy, anger, depression, and stress can manifest when you’re facing practical challenges or unwanted bias. Learning to never give up isn’t easy and it isn’t something you should always go through alone. Seeking professional counselling can help you gain a different perspective on the particular challenges of your life and help you learn emotional management techniques that address not just the problems you face but also how you react to them.
If you are living with a disability and finding barriers that you don’t know how to cross, one the best things you can do is find a support group, whether in the real world or online. Besides finding those that can empathize and understand your struggles, it’s also a lot easier to get tips and advice that are relevant to your particular situation.