Navigating through the world when you have a disability can be a challenge, but it doesn't have to be impossible. How you approach everyday life is an important part of the choices you make each day.
You can choose to allow your disability to define you, or you can define your life despite your disability.
When it comes to employment or similar challenges, how you approach these issues will make the difference. The first thing that you must do, however, is to be open and honest with yourself about your disability and limitations so that you can make the adjustments necessary to succeed.
Address the Obvious
As a person who has a disability, especially if you have had one your entire life, you know that some people can feel uncomfortable with your condition. Instead of allowing this to be the "elephant in the room," address your disability right from the start. Employers and co-workers will be more receptive to creating a workspace that meets your needs when you are upfront about those needs.
People act like this because they do not know how comfortable you are with your limitations. They feel that by avoiding the obvious that they will not offend you or hurt your feelings. When they are aware that you are comfortable with who you are, they become comfortable as well.
Strive t Exceed Expectations
Face it. Some people that you work with or interact with on a daily basis are not going to be kind individuals. They will have a predisposition that your skills are limited because a part of your body is limited.
Nothing is more satisfying than proving these types of people wrong. It may seem a little crass to say such a thing, but it is an honest statement. Being able to show your skills and exceeding expectations is a thrill for anyone - regardless of physical abilities.
Find Personal Solutions t Problems
There will be obstacles in your life and in your work that are caused by your disability. These obstacles can be overcome with a little creativity. However, you should try to find logical solutions to these problems and not wait for others to come to the rescue.
You know what the obstacle is, and you know what could make the situation better. Finding the solution and then presenting it to your employer is the best way to have the problem corrected. If you rely on others to solve the problem, the solution may not actually meet your needs.
When you take control of how you and others perceive your disability, you can overcome any obstacles that get in your way.