Top Ten Scholarship Tips for People Who Have Friends With Disabilities
When your friend with a disability is also your neighbor, you know you have a friend with a disability. And in A&OA, we’re often called “the city’s most disabled people” because we all care about the environment and can get around. We can see why it might be hard to accept that you have a friend like us in the house, but there are lots of ways you can give them the joy of going out together. Having a disabled friend is more than just having someone to say, “Yes, I can do this!” to, whether they’re at the park or playing with their friends. Instead, it gives a person with a disability space where they need it most: as a special helper. Here are 10 ways you can help your disabled friend do the things he or she needs to do:
Don’t leave them alone.
When you have a disabled friend, you will always be the first person they turn to for help. You should be there for them whenever they need you to be, and you should do the best you can. If you aren’t there for them, it can hurt your friendship with them in a lot of ways. You might be too busy getting things done, or you might just not care. If you let this happen, your friend may start to feel like they don’t have enough support and may also start to feel ashamed of themselves. This can hurt their self-esteem a lot and make it hard for them to get jobs or try out hobbies that are completely new to them. Help your friend get the help they need when they’re feeling down. If you take them to amusement parks or museums, be there for them when they need a break and to get out of the house. If your friend has a disability, this is even more important. If you don’t help your friend when they need it, they will feel like they are missing out on great things.
Bring them on trips.
When your friend can go on a lot of trips, it will have much less of an effect on your friendship. It doesn’t mean you won’t be there for them, but it does mean you’ll be there when they need you. For example, having a private place to lie down can help your friend feel more at home in the new place. You can also show that you are their special caretaker by taking them on nature walks or into the woods. During these times, give people a safe place to sit and eat. If something goes wrong, your friend will feel safe enough to talk to you about it. For many people with disabilities, going to a restaurant has become a regular thing. Finding a place to eat that is easy to get to and doesn’t cost a lot can help your friend feel less stressed.
Help them find the time to go to their care team’s appointments.
Taking a friend to the doctor can be a great way to show how much you care. It doesn’t seem right to set up in-person appointments, but it’s more common for people with disabilities to show up in person than to call. Your friend will also find it easier to get the information she or he needs if they can go to the doctor’s office. Most of the time, it’s cheaper and easier for everyone to meet in person. Regular visits can make your friend feel more cared for, since they aren’t looking for a specific answer but rather for ways to strengthen your support. If you have a family member with a disability, setting up in-person appointments can help them a lot because they will know you are there for them.
Take them to things they want to do, not just the things you have planned for them.
If your friend has a disability that keeps them from going to the school or sports event you have planned for the next month, take them to at least two other events in that month. This will show them that you care about them and will be there if they need you. It’s important to plan things regularly, and not just for your friend. If you have a family member with a disability, you might want to show them you care by taking them to some sports events they want to see. That way, they will feel like they are helping out and making a difference.
Give them a place to call their own at home.
Having a special place in your house for your friend can help them feel more at home when they visit you. It can be a bedroom or a living room, depending on what you and your friend need. It can also have everything your friend needs to be alone. When they are ready, you can bring in toys, games, a computer, or a bookshelf. You can even bring your pet with you if it’s ready to go. This is nice not only for your friend, but for you as well. This is even more important if you have a child with a disability. You have to take them to things they want to do, not just things that are on the schedule. This might be easier for your child to understand, since he or she will know that you want them to do things and feel safe.
Your family can also come see you.
Having a special place in your home for your friend can go a long way toward showing them how much you care about them. It’s important for them to have a place where they can feel safe, heard, and at peace. You should also make time for your family to come see you. You don’t have to rush off to something, but you should make time for your family to visit and talk to them (if they can talk) while they are there. Having your friend’s family over can be a great way to show that you care about them and want to help them. This can also help your friend feel less overwhelmed and more confident because she’ll know she’s not the only one left out.
At work, don’t forget about them!
When your friend starts going to the doctor’s office or clinic every week, it’s important to remember that they are not only a client, but also an employee. It’s important that you help them with their jobs and are there for them when they need you. Home is their safe place, and their best friend is the most important person to them. If you have to pick up your friend every week from the doctor’s office or clinic, use that time to talk with them and show that you care. Make it a point to visit them at least once a month and take them to things they want to do, not just things that are on the schedule. This is also important for your friend because it shows that you care about them and will be there for them if they need you.
It can be great to have a friend who has a disability. You can help them feel like they can do things on their own and are more independent. When they need you to be there for them, you can also make them feel safe and heard. Overall, having a disabled friend is one of the most rewarding things you can do.