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Disability

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Being Prepared

Always be on the lookout;
Look directly at the boarding passengers,
greet them,
Listen carefully if they start to talk from outside the bus,
Be aware of passengers having difficulties boarding,
Look directly at their faces,
Note signs of stress, Allow time
Reassure hesitant passengers Read more »

During an emergency evacuation-Assisting a person in a wheel chair

Bumping on a series of steps;
In situations where the wheelchair user must be carried up or down a flight of steps, it is necessary to have a minimum of two persons assisting. Four persons may be needed in the case of a heavy adult. The strongest person(s) should be placed at the back of the chair. If an assisting person has a medical condition that prohibits lifting, it is advisable to enlist the assistance of a different volunteer. Read more »

Models of Disability

There are 2 main models of disability.

1.The medical model, where the medical or diagnosed condition (e.g., deafness, paralysis) is seen as the disabling factor. Professionals (e.g., doctors, rehabilitation workers) are seen as the ‘experts’ in determining what is right for the person. This identifies the person with an impairment as a ‘problem’ that needs to be solved or ‘cured’ and gives them little control over their life. Read more »

Myths And Realities about People with Disabilities

1.Myth:
Equal opportunity means that everyone should be treated the same – so students with disabilities are not entitled to support services.

Reality:
Equal opportunity means all people should be treated in a way that enables them to achieve their potential. Provision of support services assists students with such tasks as reading and processing information, conducting library research, preparing assignments, photocopying and performing manual procedures.

2.Myth: Read more »

Wheelchair safety and etiquette

If you don’t already know someone who uses a wheelchair, chances are that at some stage during your life, you will meet and possibly have to assist someone who does. But what should or shouldn’t you do when meeting someone in a wheelchair? what are the safe ways to man-oeuvre a wheelchair in different situations? Read more »

Why should you think about access ?

There are many reasons why you should think about access and how you plan to meet the
requirements of people with disabilities:
• There are around 60 million people with disabilities in India representing a considerable
proportion of your potential audience or customers. Read more »

Selecting the best ramp entry into your home

The vast majority of homes only have two practical entryways; the front door and the garage. The width of the door from edge to edge should be 32 inch wide for wheelchair entry. (A 30-inch wide door may be suitable but you must carefully measure the actual open clear width of the doorway and compare to the outside width of the wheelchair to be sure.) Most front doors are 36 inches wide. The garage entry is the best choice where possible.

Garage Entryway

1.Typically has the most space directly in front of the entryway to create the gentlest slope possible. Read more »

Wheel chair- Use the perfect way

A wheelchair is used to provide functional mobility for individuals who find it difficult to walk, or cannot walk. The wheelchair may be self-propelled or pushed by a caregiver.

• Always use your seat positioning strap, if available.
• Do not sit or transfer into the wheelchair unless the wheelchair is fully open and brakes are on.
• Do not lean forward out of the wheelchair any further than the length of the armrests. When leaning forward, ensure that the wheel casters are

pointing forward. Read more »

Disability Equality Training

Traditionally there have been two main types of training:
1) Disability Awareness Training
2) Disability Equality Training

1. Disability Awareness Training aims to specifically provide information or raise participant awareness of disability issues without necessarily leading to any action or behaviour change on the part of the individual or organisation. Read more »

Increasing awareness among New Generation

Have you ever seen a group of children mocking the way a person with a disability walks? Have you ever overheard a child call a person with a disability a disparaging name? When children don’t understand why a person is different, they often make fun of him or her.
It is important for people to understand that people with disabilities are more alike than different. For children, this is especially important because attitudes develop during childhood by watching and listening to peers, teachers and family. Schools, clubs and youth groups are ideal places to increase knowledge about people with disabilities and to foster positive attitudes about them. Read more »