Understanding Your Disability

One thing that can get in the way of being able to control your life is your disability. Not just the fact that a disability might limit something you can do if there is no support, but also, how other people think your disability will limit you.

The best way to deal with this is to first understand what your disability is and what it actually means for you. This is especially important for two reasons.  (Click on each reason below…)

What I Need
What I Want

1

it can help you get the kind of help you want and need to live the way you want, whether at home, work, or play.

2

Knowing the facts about your disability can help you change others opinions about what you are capable of doing.

Your disability was probably identified through a formal evaluation. This information can be a bit difficult to understand. How can you learn more about it?

First, go over your materials in your school files, and to talk with your teacher or others to explain:

  1. What is your disability?
  2. What does in mean in everyday life for you?
  3. What are your strengths?
  4. What challenges do you have?
  5. What accommodations have you needed so far? (An accommodation is something that must be changes or available to you to succeed.
  6. Finally think about the ways people have misunderstood you because of your disability. Did you experience discrimination?
  7. Dis people not understand what you were trying to communicate?
  8. Do people sometimes think you aren’t capable of something, even though you know you are?

These kind of experiences are obstacles to self-determination.

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