Patient Awareness

Being Disabled: Things to Know About Adapting to a New Reality

coping with diability

It’s estimated that nearly 1 billion people in the world have a disability. In spite of those figures, disability is a topic that is taboo and a recent sufferer will have no idea on learning to live with their disability. Here’s are a few tips to deal with disability, whether your own or a loved ones.

Daily Life

If you have developed a disability, you need to learn make adjustments to your daily routine. You’ll possibly have to find a new living arrangement or change jobs. An occupational therapist can help you with these changes. Especially in the beginning consider hiring housecleaning or yard services to help with chores and grocery delivery or meal services.

Financial Support

If you are a citizen of India, you are eligible for income tax deduction under Section 80U. Deduction of Rs. 50,000 is provided to those with disability in the range of 40 per cent to 80 per cent. Deduction of Rs. 1, 00,000 is provided to those with more than 80 per cent disability. For students with autism / cerebral palsy / mental retardation / multiple disabilities the scholarship is provided from Class 9 onwards.

Keep Family Close

People with disabilities may take longer to complete certain activities. Understanding and planning for this extra time can be especially frustrating for a recently disabled individual who finds him or herself suddenly forced to include extra time into a daily schedule. Communicating clearly with your family will help them support you better.

Invest in Special Devices

Daily living devices can make life much easier. Brushes with suction cups, “clapper” light switches, cutting boards for one hand use, door openers, garage door openers, holders (drink, utensils, etc.), one-handed can openers, remote controls, scoop dishes, under-cabinet jar openers, and wheeled laundry baskets are all examples of products that’ll make life for those with disabilities easier.

Acknowledge Your Disability

Acknowledging the fact that you are disabled doesn’t mean you are not capable. It is an understanding and acceptance that you have to make changes in the way that you do things. If you try to move forward without the acceptance of the reality of your situation, you won’t achieve the attitude indispensable to moving forward. Find someone to talk to that will listen to you or get a therapist.

Remember, “Essentially, living with a disability is much the same as living without one. The difference is, we are forced more often to confront our fears, our mortality, our limitations, as well as consider our blessings and find the positives in life, than the average person is” as Julie Pruitt said.

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