Living with a disability: are you getting enough support?

By on November 13, 2019
Disability

Whether you’re recently disabled or you’ve lived with your disability for a long time, you might feel that you’re not getting the support you need. Whilst there are support networks in place, living with a disability can be isolating and it may feel challenging to access that support, especially in a big country like America where there are so many people. So, how can you ensure that you’re getting enough support? 

Benefits

Anyone living with a disability in the United States is entitled to Social Security Disability benefits, which contribute to any additional healthcare or mobility needs that you may have. However, many people living with a disability aren’t sure what they’re entitled to, or how to go about getting it. Therefore, you may wish to contact a disability lawyer, who will be able to run through the process with you. Look up “disability lawyers near me” for more information. 

Family and friends

Whilst you may not like the thought of relying on family and friends entirely, it’s key to talk about your problems with them and ask for support. If you have a partner, they will want to help you where they can and, if you live together, may need to help make changes to your home to make it more accessible. For example, you might be struggling to navigate around your home and with a wheelchair and may need door frames to be widened, or perhaps you require a stairlift. Differently, you may feel like you need more emotional support, and simply talking with a friend or family member might help with this. Whatever it is you need, don’t stay quiet. Talking with friends and family can immediately make you feel like you have more support.   

Support groups

As someone with a disability, you can feel isolated from those around you. They might not understand what you’re going through. So, why not consider joining a disability support group? There are many different disability support groups in America that support people with all different kinds of disabilities and work to improve their way of life. If you’re feeling like you need additional support, these groups will understand what you’re going to and can connect you to local support in your area. Talking about your problems with someone who truly understands can be very helpful. 

Social groups

Alongside support groups, you can get emotional support from social groups. Adaptive sports, for example, can be a great way to meet likeminded people and give you meaningful connections with others. But, if you don’t enjoy or feel up to sports, there are plenty of different social groups that can help to support you, such as more creative areas like music or crafts. By joining a new group, you might be able to become a part of a new support network that looks out for each other and celebrate a greater sense of community spirit. Even something like volunteer work or joining a choir could show you that people really care and help you to feel more supported.

 

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Living with a disability: are you getting enough support?