To a person with a disability, one-on-one support (from a non-family-member) is incredibly important to their development.
Why a non-family-member?
If you have a loved one who is disabled, the fact that you love them and are so close to them can, at times, be a detriment.
We hate to see our loved ones suffer in any way. For this reason, often the family of a person with a disability can help them at times when it would be much more beneficial not to.
Too much help breeds dependence – it’s as simple as that.
We don’t want a person with a disability to suffer, but a little bit of a challenge is a good thing. By overcoming obstacles with minimal external help, a person with a disability develops independence and self worth. When they achieve a goal on their own, they will feel empowered and great about themselves. If done right, this feeling will carry them through to complete other tasks and achieve other goals, and as these instances snowball, the result is a person with greater functionality, independence, and who can better navigate their way through the world.
I grew up with cerebral palsy. I’ve been through all the hurdles and tribulations. I faced the discrimination and the social stigma – and I came out on top! Thanks to the love and support of those around me – both family and support specialists, I created a rich and fulfilling life; and now, my passion is helping others with disabilities use methods, tactics and resources I did to achieve the same.