Advice to newly disabled people from the community
Dec 3, 2022
At the time of writing this it’s International day of Disabled Persons. This day was founded by the UN and is now celebrated globally on 3rd December each year. The day aims to support the rights and well-being of disabled people. So, to mark the day, we asked friends of Sociability what advice they would (hypothetically) give to their newly disabled self.
You're not a burden
When you’re disabled, you’re often reminded that you are by the general public on a regular basis. Whether that’s people asking intrusive questions, commenting that you’re “in the way” or that adjustments cost too much money. There are so many attitudes disabled people experience which can make us feel like a burden. But, Gem Turner (Our Content Manager here at Sociability), reminds us that when you start to reject these attitudes - it can actually feel liberating!
You are still worthy
Another friend of Sociability Ayad Marhoon shared that you are still worthy when you become disabled. We’re often treated less than others as the world isn’t always catered to disabled people and that can impact us and our self esteem too. But, as Ayad said - even if there are things you can’t do that you could before, this has no reflection on your worth. Over time you will adapt and do things in your own way that suits you.
Take one step (or roll…) at a time
On that note Sandie reminds us that the world might tell you or suggest you need to change. But, pause, take a breathe and start the journey of accepting your new normal and let the world figure out how to be inclusive to you.
Find your people
Finally - community is so important when you become disabled. We know this as it can feel extremely lonely if you don’t know many people who have had the same experiences as you. Gem Bailey Smith reminds us that “finding your tribe” can be so beneficial to support each other. It makes the world of difference!
Our Harrogate mappers!
If you’re feeling a little lost and looking to find your community as a newly disabled person, don’t worry - we’ve got you! Be sure to follow our social media on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter or LinkedIn. to find out when our next mapping days are in 2023 and come and join the fun.