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Disabilities

Background

This information is about the specific health area mentioned above. It comprises a combination of textual and video information, on our site and on external sites.  We will be adding new specific health areas and further information continually.

The idea is for you to understand more about the health area you are addressing before you get too far building your action plan.

General Information

Disability isn’t always obvious. Sometimes it’s unclear whether someone’s issue is a disability.  Whether someone is considered to be disabled they are protected from discrimination by the Equality Act 2010 – see the Citizens Advice info on what counts as disability here.

The World Health Organisation say about disability:

“Disability is part of being human. Almost everyone will temporarily or permanently experience disability at some point in their life. Over one billion people – about 15% of the global population – live with some form of disability and this number is increasing.

Disability results from the interaction between individuals with a health condition such as cerebral palsy, down syndrome and depression as well as personal and environmental factors including negative attitudes, inaccessible transportation and public buildings, and limited social support.

People with disability experience poorer health outcomes, have less access to education and work opportunities, and are more likely to live in poverty than those without a disability.

Very often people with disability do not receive the healthcare services they need. Evidence shows that half of people with disability cannot afford healthcare. People with disability are also more than twice as likely to find healthcare providers’ skills inadequate.

Great progress has been made to make the world more accessible for people living with disability but much more work is required to meet their needs.”

People with disabilities have rights.

 

Background Information

There is information available which will help you formulate your action plan – both on our site and on external sites.

On our site

MindDrive

MindDrive is all about understanding more about yourself. Helping you manage your mental issues or how to develop positive thoughts and goal setting as well as managing conflict and emotions.

Your mental state defines much about you.  If you’re feeling good, nothing is beyond you.  If you’re feeling down, however, it feels as though you can’t cope.  It can be much more extreme.

We have relevant information on MindDrive
Personality

Welcome to PersonalityDrive (still being built)

Personality is one of the most complex area of the body, you cannot touch It, feel it, monitor it, isolate it, treat it but yet it can influence every part of the body positively or negatively. Every personality is made up uniquely based upon DNA and life events. It can change over time and is sensitive to its surroundings. It can become damaged or developed by external circumstances. It influences our match making preferences, our social circles and our wellbeing.  There is much written about our personality but yet many don’t know their own personality or pay much attention to It until we are emotionally intelligent enough to manage it. There is a lot of articles about different aspects of personality but very few pull all the areas together in one place. We have attempted to take a holistic approach to personality and character.

 

We have relevant information on Personality

On external site(s)

Understood have a good article showing signs of learning thinking differences in adults, with links on specific subjects.  A brief summary is shown below – click the link to see the full article with links.

Learning and thinking differences are lifelong issues.

Learning and thinking differences can run in families.

With the right support, adults with learning and thinking differences can manage their symptoms and find success.

Some people think learning and thinking differences only affect children. But adults can have them too. That’s because learning and thinking differences are lifelong issues.

Maybe there are certain tasks and situations you’ve struggled with since childhood. Things like staying focused and organized, writing down information or changing routines may be hard for you. You may even see your own child coping with the same difficulties and wonder if it’s related to what you’re experiencing.

Learning and thinking differences aren’t something you outgrow. And some conditions run in families, like ADHD. For instance, you might not be as hyperactive as your child with ADHD, but you may show other signs, like frequently losing track of things.

If you suspect you may have a learning or thinking difference, talk to your doctor. He or she can refer you to a professional who evaluates adults.

Keep in mind that having learning and thinking differences doesn’t mean a person isn’t intelligent. The key is to recognize the signs and seek out supports that can help.

YouthVillage is a South African youth portal site.  It has an article on how to overcome disability barriers.  The article is shown below – there is more information on the site.

Here’s how you can overcome disability barriers in 10 steps……..

  1. Stay focused on the positives instead of the negatives. No matter what obstacles have come my way, staying positive has allowed me to overcome them. When I was in tenth grade, I had to miss 29 days of school in order to have major back surgery, where seven vertebrae were removed due to spinal cord compression. I knew that the back surgery was crucial and I found a way to make up the school work that I had missed. Staying positive allowed me to keep up with my classmates and graduate on time.
  2. Don’t ever give up. When I first moved out to Los Angeles after growing up in Boston, I went on one hundred job interviews before starting my current position. If I wasn’t right for those one hundred positions, I knew there still had to be an opportunity out there for me.
  3. Challenge yourself and try new things every day. As soon as I wake up in the morning, I encounter a new challenge — whether it’s trying to reach something high in the kitchen or volunteering to participate in an optional pitch lunch at work. As long as you try, that’s all that matters in the end.
  4. Each day you should ask yourself if you’re happy. If there’s something that’s making you unhappy, you should find a way to make change. I find myself unhappy whenever I’m surrounded by negative people. Now I’m more cautious of the people with whom I surround myself.
  5. Smile. A smile goes a long way. Whenever people are staring or laughing at me for whatever reason, keeping a smile on my face causes them to wonder why I don’t react.
  6. Don’t compare yourself to others and find time to celebrate your little accomplishments. I always set my own goals. Although we all wish we could get there as fast as it seems others have, I’ve found ways to enjoy the journey and celebrate each little success on the way. After missing almost a whole season on the youth soccer team, due to my back surgery during the spring of my sophomore year in college, I found a way to play in the last game of the season. I never scored a goal but participating was just as important to me. After long recovery, this was a huge accomplishment for me.
  7. Be polite and stay calm with obnoxious people. Even if somebody makes fun of you, there are ways to turn around the situation. When someone makes fun of you, keep your dignity. Be aware that heckler has just destroyed his or her reputation. A sarcastic remark or two can help – judge your timing and the reactions of people around the heckler. Be funnier  than they are, especially in public situations with plenty of witnesses.
  8. Let yourself grieve and go through all five stages of grief about your disability. Seek real support from therapists, counselors and trusted friends or family members. Learn to judge who’s genuinely supportive and who’s pitying – pity is just another flavor of humiliation and usually covers up the other’s terror of winding up in your situation. Do your best not to take out your grief on the people in your life who are genuinely trying to help, even if they’re not good at it.
  9. Accept your disability. This is the most difficult part as it can be very discouraging. Accept that you may never walk, hear or see again and that you can still enjoy life. If your disability can be changed with physical therapy and treatment, seize the day and fight it every day. Accepting your disability means grieving the loss of a normal status with no stigma against you and a life without enormous inconvenience.
  10. Do your best. You didn’t have a choice about being disabled but how well you live with it is a choice, every day. It’s much more important to pat yourself on the back for your successes than to beat yourself up for failures . Don’t judge yourself by other people, learn what you can really do and take any progress as something to build on.

Video

Sometimes the owner of a video will not allow the video to be played on external sites.  If you see the video is unavailable on the left just click the ‘WATCH NOW’ link on the right and the video will play in a new window.

My Struggle with Learning Disabilities and How to Deal with Them

This is a 10 minute video from KatherineChloeCahoon on her struggle with learning disabilities.  She says:

“This video was extremely hard for me to make. There are no cuts in it. I was afraid that if I stopped I wouldn’t get through it. After repeatedly meeting people facing similar challenges, I felt that I should publicly share my story in the hope of helping them realize that they’re not alone, and that there are ways to cope.”

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Questionnaire

In order for you to assess what you know about this health area, we suggest using a questionnaire. This might help you understand your situation in this area, or taking it might improve your understanding of the area.

You may be able to take this questionnaire online – either here on our site or on an external site – or download it and complete it on paper – it depends on copyright (and whether we’ve managed to build it on our site!).

The ways you can take a questionnaire:

PDF for download, More than one external site questionnaire, Questionnaire on our site

Take Questionnaire on our site

You can take a questionnaire on our site. This will score the questions automatically and give you a summary showing what your score means.

You will see our questionnaire first, possibly followed by a tab which may contain a second questionnaire (see above).  If you scroll down you will see links to external questionnaire(s) or downloads if there are any. Scroll down until you get to the right place for you!

Our Questionnaire

Our questionnaire is aimed at seeing how much you understand disability and disabled people.  It’s 20 true or false questions.

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Take questionnaire on external site

You can take this questionnaire on at least one external site.

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability have a 20 question quiz aimed at determining your disability literacy here.

 

Learning disabilities (LDs) are not limited to children. In fact, quite a few adults discover that an underlying LD was the cause of many of their frustrations in school and the workplace.The verywellfamily have a learning disability test for adults.

Learning Disabilities in Adults

Could you be an adult with a learning disability? The Learning Disabilities Association of America offers guidance about the screening process for learning disabilities in the adult workforce.2 A LD screening can only be performed by a qualified professional.

The issues that are evaluated during an adult LD screening may include the following:

Does the person confuse similar letters or numbers, reverse them, or confuse their order?

Does the person have difficulty reading the newspaper, following small print, and/or following columns?

Does the person have difficulty completing job applications correctly?

Does the person have difficulty writing ideas on paper?

Does the person have persistent problems with sentence structure, writing mechanics, and organizing written work?

Does the person have trouble dialing phone numbers or reading addresses?

Does the person reverse or omit letters, words, or phrases when writing?

Does the person often misread or miscopy?

Does the person spell the same word differently in one document?

Is the person able to explain things orally, but not in writing?

Download questionnaire and take it yourself

You can download at least one questionnaire from our site.  You will have to score the questionnaire yourself.

Disabilities can be obvious and visible, but aren’t always.  Do you treat people with disabilities the way they want to be treated?  Our questionnaire from the USA gives you 20 true or false questions which might help you find out.

 

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A Butterfly Life: 4 Keys to More Happiness, Better Health and Letting Your True Self Shine

Times of change can be a challenge, no doubt! Whether it’s a relationship breakup, job loss, or being diagnosed with a serious health issue. Or you may WANT things to be different, but it feels a little scary or overwhelming. The butterfly reminds us change can be beautiful, even necessary, in order to realize our full potential and live our best life.