How to Help Persons with Disabilities

Author: Jackie Conley

As the global crisis of COVID-19 is deepening the pre-existing inequalities, people with disabilities are less likely to access health care, education, employment and to participate in the community. Under such circumstances, it becomes very important to improve the well-being and care of the disabled.

Disability inclusion is an essential condition to upholding human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. As part of a community, at an individual level, we need to relearn ways of interacting with and helping the differently abled.

The author shares multiple ways in which we can take action, which starts by giving equal status to disabled people and not treating them differently.

“All people want to have friends, fun, and experience life to the maximum.  People with disabilities are no exception.  Never be afraid, skeptical, or embarrassed to approach someone with a disability.” 

More points such as not staring directly at the disabled person and always asking before providing your help can also prove to be some useful rules to keep in mind. Let’s take the first step towards a more inclusive world by educating ourselves, and make our contribution on this International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

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