Angry about the movie Me Before You? If so, you are not alone. Many in the disability community certainly are. The movie portrays a quadriplegic character who falls in love with his caretaker, and she him. It isn’t the romance that people have a problem with, it is the ending, which many believe sends the wrong message about living life to the fullest, with or with out a disability.
Should I use the term “disabled person” or a “person with a disability.” Our first inclination is to use the former, which is called Person First language. However, there are many people who prefer “disabled person”; this word structure denotes Identity First language. Both sides of the debate have interesting points explained here.
96 percent of all illnesses are invisible. This includes hidden disabilities. So before you call your co-worker lazy for clocking out early, consider the fact that they may be suffering from a hidden disability such as debilitating pain, a sleep disorder, or hearing and vision impairment.
Time to worry? Recent studies of mental health on college campuses has indicated that there is a growing segment of college students who show signs of mental illness. Oftentimes, there are many resources that troubled students have access to, but they often don’t due to the feeling that they are “weak” or “crazy.”
Even the most well-purposed people may fear accidental insensitivity when interacting or communicating with people with disabilities. For those who doubt themselves, these disability etiquette tips will help you gain confidence and create quality human connections with all people.
In addition to big talks about religion, race, and sex, teaching kids about disabilities is a critically important topic for parents to cover.
If you or someone you love has any difficulty with speech, language, or swallowing, speech language therapy can help you find your voice.
Science is increasingly shedding light on the life-altering, even life-threatening effects that head trauma and brain injuries can have.
Of course there is no way to completely prepare for the complex, often daunting role of caring for a loved one, but there is support and help for caregivers available.
What about occupational therapy programs? What do occupational therapists do, and what services do they provide?