People with disability are our brothers and sisters. They deserve our respect and we should treat them well. They also need our help and this does not mean giving them money it simply means walking in their shoes.
Here are some general rules for helping all people with disabilities
Always treat people with disabilities as equals. 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. People with disabilities have just as much fun!
Always ask before you help. People with disabilities have varying levels of independence. Never assume someone with a disability has a low-level. If someone looks like they’re struggling, ask before you help. A person may welcome help, or they may ask that you let her be independent; but even if she looks like she’s struggling, she may just want to become more independent, which requires practice in everyday situations.
There are several simple ways of helping the visually impaired like getting them a guide dog or simply removing clutter. You can also ensure that their home is well lit.
Give them a hand and light up their life. A few easy adjustments to the living areas of a person with low vision can improve visibility and reduce the risk of a fall:
Make sure their home is well lit, with high-wattage light bulbs and additional lamps or task lighting. The kitchen, bathroom and work areas all should be fully and evenly illuminated.
Remove unnecessary household clutter. Offer to help with organizing important items and packing up others.
Create a list of important phone numbers in large print on bold-lined paper. Include doctors, transportation and emergency contacts, and put the list in a convenient place.
Mark stairs or slopes with brightly colored tape. Eye-catching colors that contrast with the flooring work best.
This is from my personal point of view, having just broken my ankle, but what other point of view is there? People have offered to do every one of these things for me, and I’m so grateful and will be passing it on. I should preface this with the fact that I’ve offered people help from time-to-time who’ve declined, and that’s fine too. Better to over-offer than to under-offer.
People with disability also do have their own pride. They hate feeling useless or helpless so if you want to help them kindly do not proceed without their permission to do so.
1. It’s a problem of getting from one place to the other.
Offer to do anything that will save the person steps. Moving on crutches is more tiring than it looks. Not only is it involving muscle groups in new ways, there is pain, and, as you know, pain is exhausting. Offer to sign them in, get them a cup of coffee, pick something up off the floor for them, get them seconds, give them the closest seat, bring the phone to them.
2. Hands are on crutches. Hands are therefore not free to do anything else.
The first thing you learn when you’re on crutches is that you’re finally there and you can’t take it back with you! (Thus you start wearing things with pockets.) You can help by opening doors, offering to carry things, press elevator buttons, put things in bags for them with handles they can drape over their arm. Offer to carry it to the car for them. Open the car door for them when you get there.