The Challenges of Disability

Have you ever thought about your daily routine? You get up, get dressed, make some breakfast, and head out the door to start your day. Maybe you drive a car, or commute on a bus or the train. You arrive at your job, complete the day, and head back home. After your long day, you might fix dinner or maybe even go out to eat. For most of us, our days come and go with a regular routine that includes tasks we often consider mundane.

People with disabilities live life with many of the same tasks and routines we do, but they have a big difference. People with physical and cognitive disabilities have to figure out a way to make it every day with the limitations they have been given. It is important to remember the classic definition of disability: “a lack of power, strength, or physical, or mental ability.” With more than 22 million disabled Americans today having difficulty performing a variety of normal functions, it is important that the rest of us help and understand (U.S. Census).

It is indeed a continuous effort when someone has a physical disability, like Parkinson’s Disease or an amputation; this individual must adjust to every situation and must understand all the mobility issues, while at the same time strategizing how to plan ahead with the reality that it will simply take longer to accomplish something that is relatively fundamental for most people. Getting into the car or climbing a flight of stairs is now always a planned event.  And it is always the everyday challenges that are continually adjusted.

People with cognitive disabilities, such as Down Syndrome or Autism, may have difficulty adapting to   change in expected routines, such as when the grocery store adjusts and moves products around on the shelf. Something that was expected to be in a certain aisle, in a specific area, can create both confusion and frustration.

People living with a disability do not necessarily want to change the world around them. They just want to live in it and connect to the people who understand and support them.

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Posted on October 18, 2012, in Americans with Disabilities and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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