Are you held back by believing your disability makes you unemployable? Do you doubt your talents and look at your disability as a complete limitation?
If you answered yes to these questions, let me tell you that you are not alone! I have battled with these negative beliefs for many years, and have finally gotten to the point where I say NO MORE.
I am over the disability myth! You can do the same thing.
What is the disability myth?
If you have any type of mental or physical “disabilities”, you are probably very familiar with what I call the disability myth.
So what is it exactly?
There are many myths, but the main one that I focus on changing is the myth that people with disabilities are incapable of providing quality work. There is nothing that upsets me more than feeling as though I am worthless to society. A leech. No longer able to give value.
It is such a horrible way to feel. So I decided to stop feeling this way, and hence this article on The Disability Myth.
8 Tips On How You Can Make A Difference To Someone With A Disability
- The best thing you can do for someone who struggles with limitations is to support their effort to step out of their comfort zone. Help others who live with a disability to see that they have a unique perspective and others can and do benefit from it and from their experiences as a whole. It isn’t that they can’t contribute, they must be encouraged to do so, and find their validation therein.
- Always offer support and encouragement. Assist only when asked. A person living with a disability is not incapable of helping themselves. Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule, such as those living in a wheelchair full time. However, that is the minority and not the rule.
- Don’t forget that people with disabilities are valuable consumers! Those with disabilities are often underrepresented when it comes to marketing. This could be an untapped market!
- People who live with a disability are like you and me. Don’t forget this! Having a disability doesn’t make you less human, but it can make you a better one.
- Hire more people with disabilities! This one cannot be overstated enough. Having a limitation is not an end-all, nor does it reflect an individuals skill set. Keep in mind there’s more than one way to skin a cat, and someone with limitations probably knows them all and can improvise. Don’t be afraid to take a gamble with a disabled person with little experience. We are eager to work hard and be an asset to our communities, besides, we are trainable and have less bad habits for you to break. Put us to work!
- We need more people living with a disability to represent us in the political arena. After-all, only someone who walks in your shoes could truly understand what it is like living with a disability.
- Add disability history and information to school curriculum as early as possible. Doing this not only educates our young ones, but it also teaches them to be understanding and kind.
- Help your loved one living with a disability to see their value, and help increase their self-esteem.
Letting Go Of The Disability Myth
The only way to truly enjoy your life within your limits is to let go of the disability myth right now.
Change the way you think about disabilities as a whole, and release the disability myth from your grasp. Doing so will encourage you to start thinking outside the box and break free from this form of “self-limiting” behavior.
By holding onto the Disability Myth, you are holding yourself captive. A prisoner. In doing so, you are completely limiting yourself as to what you can and cannot do. Holding you back from living your best life.
It is time to stop this type of negativity, and brainstorm some things you are passionate about so you can take control of your life… living it to the fullest, and not allowing anything to keep you from living the life you have dreamed.
You may live with a disability, but you do not have to give it any power over you.
A disability is simply a unique vantage point. Keep this in mind as you decide what career path you will take. Use your gifts to help others, and live the dream life you have always wanted for yourself!