International Day of Persons with Disability (Dec 3rd 2018)
Disabled people are looked down with empathy. There are not many great changes in terms of treating people with disability. People normally associate disability with failure, dependency and an inability to perform tasks and hence, feel sorry for them and sympathize with them greatly. Contrarily, surveys report that disabled people account for a better quality of life than the rest of the population.
A Detour from Normal Life
Disabilities can impede normal daily activities which are trivial for others. This does not make it a disease or sickness and neither does the affected person suffer from restricted abilities-he/she can work, play and enjoy a healthy life with the help of mobility aids and assistive devices that make daily activities easier to perform. A lack of such devices and aids makes the disabled person over-dependent on his/her family members which obstructs both, the disabled person and the family member from leading a socially active and an economically safe life. We cannot refute the fact that disabled people have several of their needs unmet as support services are not given primary importance in several countries worldwide which makes them rely on family members for assistance. By support services I mean:
Healthy Life: First and foremost, one must understand that disability does not stop a person from leading a healthy and active life. All it requires are the right information and method to make healthy choices and prevent illnesses. A disabled person must understand that any health problems (such as depression, pain or certain diseases that occur as side effects of the disease) related to his/her disability can be treated. It is understandable that disabled people have a harder time becoming healthy and staying fit compared to those without any disability. There are a few guidelines that can help these people live a healthy life:
A normal life is very difficult for a person with difficult and so is for the person who cares for the disabled person. In fact, it affects the entire family as it puts the families in abundant stress, emotional, physical and financial too. Psychologists and counselling people can offer support and help in dealing with the challenges of living with disability or taking care of someone with a disability.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.