When you ask people about disabilities, they have a picture in their mind about what a person with a disability looks like and the general consensus is that it is someone who is less able bodied, is probably restricted to a wheelchair and is unable to get around easily by themselves. The thing to remember here is that people with disabilities aren’t always obvious and it might be something going on inside their bodies which leaves them in a disabled state. Many people get angry when they see someone parking in a disabled bay that don’t seem to be clearly disabled when they do suffer from things like heart disease or depression.
Whatever the disabilities, it is important that these individuals have access to NDIS providers who can step in at a moment’s notice to provide them with some much-needed assistance in their homes. Depending on your disability, some things may be a little more difficult than they were before and thankfully you can turn to these professionals to help you out. For those of you were not familiar with the many disabilities that are currently out there, maybe the following can help.
- Deaf people – When engaging with someone who is hard of hearing is completely deaf, try to get their attention by waiting in the general direction and you want to speak to them, look at them directly so that they can see your mouth and read your lips. If there is an assistant with them, do not ignore the person was the disability and try to engage directly with them.
- People in wheelchairs – It is incredibly important that you position yourself in such a way that you are at eye level with these people when you engage in conversation with them. You should regard their wheelchair as something very personal and so don’t use it to hold yourself up and don’t always assume that they want to help.
- People with speech issues – You need to be incredibly patient and although it may be tempting to finish their sentences for them, don’t. If what they say is not clear, do not be afraid to ask them to say the game and the most important thing is to be patient and try to put yourself in their shoes.
The following are just three ways to deal with people with specific disabilities and believe me when I tell you that there are numerous more. Just be yourself around them and try to treat them as the equals that they are.