Being classified as a disabled person can mean many things. It includes various forms of mobility disabilities, as well as medical and psychiatric disabilities. With so many different classifications, there are more disabled people than you probably think. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make living life any easier.
No matter what kind of disability you are dealing with, you deserve to live the kind of life you want. That means getting honest about the barriers that are standing in your way, as well as thinking about ways you can overcome them.
Look for sites that are easy to use, and consider purchasing devices that make it easier. If you have your own site, make sure to check the eSSENTIAL Accessibility ADA compliance checklist to ensure that it is inclusive to all.
Transportation is a huge challenge for many people with disabilities. There are many ways to get around that include taking the bus or riding a bike, but many people assume wrongly that because they are disabled, they aren’t able to drive a vehicle.
That may not be the case at all!
Many disabled people can operate a vehicle with certain considerations. Because of that, you can get a license, and auto insurance providers aren’t able to charge disabled drivers with higher rates.
Look into how you may be able to get behind the wheel of a car. That might mean getting a hearing aid, getting a handicap sticker, or simply avoiding the road when the sun goes down.
Accessibility often refers to wheelchair accessibility as well as Braille signage, but it also includes much more like:
- Audio signals on buses and at pedestrian crossings
- Walkway contours
- Minimizing the barriers of distance
- Minimizing costs
- Usability of interfaces
Although it’s the law, not everywhere you go will have the accessibility you’re looking for. Don’t feel like a failure if you regularly visit the same haunts because you know they have the accessibility features you need. If you are planning to go somewhere new, don’t be afraid to call ahead to see if their location is a place you can visit.
Surprisingly, it also includes digital accessibility. How websites are designed can have a huge impact on how easy they are to use by the disabled. Look for sites that are easy to use, and consider purchasing devices that make it easier. Alternative input devices don’t require you to use a mouse, and you can modify the settings on your computer, like adjusting the magnification of your screen.
Accessibility and accommodations are very similar, but accommodations often have to do with the things that aren’t automatically given. For example, a wheelchair ramp deals with accessibility, while sitting in the front row at a presentation is an accommodation.
Reasonable accommodations are available to you in many different situations. They can be requested of an educational institution, at concerts, and more. The key is requesting the accommodations you need well before you arrive.
For example, dietary restrictions can be shared with an event planner to ensure there’s a safe meal for you to eat, requests can be made to reserve a room at a hotel on the first floor, and a sign language interpreter can be requested ahead of an important presentation.
Lack of Resources
Having a disability can make living hard, especially if you have to figure out how to make it all work on your own. Fortunately, there are many resources you have at your disposal, if only you knew where to look!
Do a quick search online and look for disability programs that are available where you live. If you’re having a hard time finding relevant resources, consider looking for a disability services office or vocational rehabilitation services. They may be able to connect you with others in the community who can help.
After doing a little digging and filling out your fair share of paperwork, you may be able to supplement your income, obtain more affordable health insurance, and more.
Feeling accepted is something some disabled people go without. The trouble is, feeling misunderstood can turn you into a cranky, lonely, and depressed person.
Stop hiding away at home and snapping at people you feel don’t understand you. Instead, choose to see things a little differently. Most people don’t have bad intentions when they say or do the wrong things. They just don’t understand! Strive to be more open minded, stop responding with fear, and be willing to be open and friendly about your condition. You’ll find you feel more accepted in your community.
Facing challenges as a disabled person doesn’t mean life has to be unenjoyable! Although it might take a little work, the tips on this list will help you live as comfortably and normally as everyone else.