2015 Kansas Disability Rights Awareness Month: Stop Disabled Folks From Feeling Isolated
How wonderful was it to celebrate the 2015 Kansas Disability Rights Awareness Month, you ask?
Let us tell you something: in this state, they recognize the rights and value the lives of disabled people so much that the festivities do not end after one afternoon. According to a 2013 report, approximately 12 percent of males and females here had been diagnosed with a form of disability. The cities did prepare activities like expos and seminars for them at the time, as well as open forums on how non-disabled individuals could stop them from feeling isolated.
Here’s what we learned from the latter:
1. Prevent Labeling What They Can Or Cannot Do
The first thing you are supposed to do is erase all your assumptions of the things that a person with a disability can do. Although it may seem like you are compassionate in your head, the reality is that you are subconsciously stereotyping that fellow and labeling his or her limitations. It is ideal to present an idea from the start and then ask if that is something he or she may want to try to prevent committing such a mistake.
2. Provide The Needed Facilities For Them In Public
Some disabled folks do not feel like going out no matter how much they want to because there are only a few public spaces that cater to them. Say, there may be restaurants with no ramps for their wheelchairs. For those who cannot drive, they may not be buses that will allow them to travel even without a non-disabled individual. Hence, these people may feel more sociable when they see that establishments and transportation authorities consider their needs too.
3. Avoid Turning Your Back On Them
Lastly, nothing causes a sense of isolation more than the feeling that no one is willing to lend a hand when you require assistance. For instance, in case you notice that a blind person has a hard time going down the stairs, you should head to his or her direction and offer your help. If you are all sitting on a bus, it’s polite to start small talk with the disabled fellow so that he or she feels at ease while traveling.
Once you manage to do all the tips above, the number of lonely people with disabilities may decrease effectively. Good luck!