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Dealing with Disability: Things to Know About Adapting to a New Reality

Dealing with Disability
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It is estimated that nearly 1 billion people in the world have a disability. Despite those figures, disability is a topic that is still taboo and a recent sufferer will have no idea of learning to live with their disability. Here are a few tips on how to deal with a disability, whether it’s you or your loved one’s.

Daily Life

If you have developed a disability, you need to learn to make adjustments to your daily routine to learn how to deal and live with your disability. You’ll possibly have to find a new living arrangement or change your job. 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 than others. 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 their 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), one-handed can openers, remote controls, scoop dishes, under-cabinet jar openers and wheeled laundry baskets are all examples of products that will make life easier for those with disabilities.

Acknowledge Your Disability

Acknowledging the fact that you are disabled but this doesn’t mean you are not capable. It is an understanding and acceptance that you will 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 in moving forward. Find someone to talk to who 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 has” as Julie Pruitt said.

Disclaimer: The information included at this site is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional. Because of unique individual needs, the reader should consult their physician to determine the appropriateness of the information for the reader’s situation.

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