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[CHAT] Different abilities not disability!

Personally, I have always felt as though disability would never be something that could impact me or anyone in my family. It wasn’t until a close family member of mine was diagnosed with a progressive condition that began to affect his physical mobility that I began to question just how rare disabilities really are.

 

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All sorts of other questions began to race through my head too - what will life be life like for him? Will he enjoy a healthy quality of life? At the end of the day, I just wanted my uncle to be happy and enjoy his life as anyone else could.

 

The truth is, we've all got differing abilities and what's called 'disability' is simply a part of human diversity. One in five people in Australia, almost 4 million people, have a disability of one kind - some of which people are born with, while others are developed later in life. Some can affect mobility, but often they are not visible - it could be the ability to learn things, it could be thinking processes or the ability to hear or see.

 

We know that discrimination has a big impact (negatively) on mental health - and there is a lot of discrimination that people with disabilities face and it's so engrained in our culture....

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Due to discrimination and society generally making life hard unless you fit a certain mould - people with disabilities face low self-esteem and confidence, and can find it difficult to maintain employment and a healthy social life.

 

The impacts of disability can also extend to a person’s family and friends. On the positive side, it can bring a family closer together, but on the negative side, it can place heavy emotional demands on a family and affect their physical and mental health. Being a person who has battled anxiety for a long time, I find that I can become particularly overwhelmed just by thinking about how my uncle has been impacted by his disability.

 

One of the most crucial things to remember is that whether it be your own, or someone else’s, a person’s disability does not define them and should not stop them from achieving their goals in life.

 

How can we all help to create communities that are inclusive and help to address th challenges people with disabilities face in order for everyone to achieve any goals and aspirations they may possess?


Join us on the forums this Monday (1st December) at 8:00pm AEDT to discuss your thoughts and experiences with disabilities. Hope to see you there!

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Happy Monday everyone Smiley Happy 

 

Welcome to tonight's Getting Real session!!! Tonight benjamin, Sophie and I will be co-faciliating. We are chatting about different abilities and educating ourselves and others on how we can help create communities that are inclusive and help address the challenges people with disabilities face.

 

So tonight we want to openly discuss this, we want to know your experiences and just get more aware about this topic. :smileyhappy: 

  

As you all know, it is important to keep to the forum guidelines please have a read if you haven't already and if at any time you need to talk, check the emergency tab at the top right and get some support. 

 

So to start us off tonight:

We've all got differing abilities, but how would you define disability? What are the different types?

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Hey @ruenhonx  Smiley Happy

 

We've all got differing abilities, but how would you define disability? What are the different types?

 

I think disability is a big thing to define! The quickest things that come to mind are things that impair certain functions like vision or hearing but I think it's definitely broader than that. 

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Hey everyone! I guess to me disability is more about what it isn't! It doesn't mean a sickness or disease and it doesn't mean you are helpless, I guess it's that something about your body/mind means that interacting in the world can be more of a challenge because of the way our society it set up for the mainstream body/mind

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The official definition is "limits a person's movements, senses, or activities."

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We've all got differing abilities, but how would you define disability? What are the different types?

 

Yeah you are right @benjamin_ it is super broad. I would describe it as a person who is disadvantaged in an area like blindness, speech, hearing, physical and learning, but this makes other areas stronger. 

 

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welcome to our chat @radio_RO !

 

I definitely agree with you on that! It doesn't mean someone is helpless at all and a large part of the challenge can be linked to the stigma often associated with disabilities or mental health issues.

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Hey @radio_RO
Yea i like the way you said that, interacting with the world in a different way, there is no better way but just different way of doing it.
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I totally agree that other areas can be stronger @ruenhonx 

 

Ultimately I don't believe that disabilities should stop anyone from doing great things or having advantages in other domains.

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2. Do you or someone you know have a disability?

 

Personally I have a few close family members who have a type of disability. All of them have fought really hard to stay on top of their situation and remain optimistic. It can get challenging but i'm thankful that my family are really supportive.