Disability is a state which is different from other human beings, conventionally able to do things according to the standard of an individual or a group. It is referred to as a multidimensional experience for the person who is involved. There may be effects on organs or body parts, and there may be effects on a person’s participation in areas of life. Some disabilities are hidden which are known as invisible disabilities. Various types include several physical and cognitive impairments that can hamper or reduce a person’s ability to carry out their day-to-day activities. Over 1 billion people live with some kind of disability. The government has recognized 21 types of disabilities.
There are numerous causes of disability that frequently affect basic activities of day-to-day living, such as eating, maintaining personal hygiene; or advanced activities of daily living such as shopping, cooking, driving, or working. However, a disability is a society’s imposition on the people who are weakened which become more difficult for them to interact or engage with the world around them. These people are unnecessarily singled out and labeled as disabled for a lifetime.
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According to Stephen Hawking, “Disability need not be an obstacle to success, ” being disabled does not mean that you are unable. As long as you have got that strong and healthy will, no kind of physical obstacle can stop you from achieving your dreams. If you are courageous, determined, and persevere, you become ‘specially-abled more than ‘disabled’. We have a legacy of great people who despite having some disabilities are successful like no one else. Helen Keller, Stephen Hawking, Aisha Chandran, Michael Stone, and Nick Vujicic have proved that your disability can never let your dreams turn brittle.
Now, it can get hard sometimes, but that does not mean you should give up. There are several ways in which you can accept the circumstances and overcome these barriers. Although the struggle is real, we all serve a purpose on this planet hence we have to stay positive to make the best of what we have.
Here are some ways which can help you look on the brighter side:
It sure goes a long way. You must be accustomed to a lot of starring or murmurs along your way. All you need to do is look at them and smile. It reflects your soul. If the person has some bad intentions it will get nullified as you did not react with turmoil.
This is the toughest part as it can be very painful. You need to acknowledge and accept that you may never walk or see again and that you can still relish your life. If your disability can be treated with physical therapy or treatment, seize the day and combat it every day. Accepting your disability means mourning the loss of regular status and still approving a life without any huge inconvenience.
No comparison, just celebration
You must have set your own goals. Although you wish you could get there as fast as it seems others have reached, you need to remember to find ways to enjoy the voyage and celebrate each little success on the way towards your goal. Everyone has a different timeline and each will get there sooner or later. It’s the small things that will matter in achieving your dreams.
There will be some times when you will feel utterly unworthy and wish to give up. That is the time when you should ask yourself, “why did I come until here?” You will get an answer from yourself, “to not give up in the middle”
Persistence is the key. No matter how difficult it might get in the way to achieve your dreams, you should never abandon your dream.
You can not choose your destiny, what you can choose is to give your best every day. It’s much more important to appreciate yourself for all your successes no matter how big or small than to beat yourself up for failures. Don’t judge yourself according to other people, learn what you can do, and take any development as the foundation of something to build on.
Disability isn’t a bad thing. It’s a part of individuality like gender, occupation. It’s not something to grieve over or to be ashamed about therefore, do not avoid saying the word. In addition to this society should also normalize disability through greater inclusion and repetition in advertising and media. This can be the answer to the desire of those who want to be seen as equal instead of different. Be accomplished and talented rather than just an “inspiration.”