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3 Tips For Helping Someone Who Is Living With a Disability

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According to a recent American Community Survey (ACS), it's estimated that as much as 12.8% of the U.S. population lived with a disability in 2016. These disabilities can range from minor ticks to severe cognitive disorders. No matter what kind of disability someone has, however, it's important that quality assistance and care is readily available.

If someone in your family or a close friend is dealing with a serious cognitive or physical disability, and you want to assist them as much as possible, hopefully this guide will help.

Here are some great tips for helping someone who is living with a disability:

  • Always ask before assisting -- Just because a person has a disability, doesn't mean they necessarily need or even want your assistance. In order to avoid causing any problem, simply ask to help instead of just helping.

  • Watch what you're saying -- When it comes to speaking with someone who suffers from a disability, there are a few errors and assumptions that people often make. As a general rule of thumb, be polite, respectful, and interested. Here are a few things that you should avoid saying when speaking with someone who has any kind of disability: "What is wrong with you," "It's so good to see you out and about," "I know a great doctor who could fix you," "Here, let me do that for you," "My friend has a disability, do you know her," and "You're so inspiring."

  • Research home health care services -- For those that are living with a disability that severely impacts their daily life, adult day care services can offer great assistance. If your parents are in the 70s, for instance, they are likely struggling to perform day-to-day activities; home health care professionals can help them with everything from daily chores to medication administration. In 2018, there were roughly 112.3 home health care workers per 1,000 adults aged 75 years or older.

If you want to learn more about helping someone who is living with a disability, as well as the importance of quality home health care and professional autism services, give Easterseals Alaska a call right away.

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