Disability Inclusion 5: The young person

More thoughts about disability inclusion, this time from the perspective of a teenager with a disability.

Including Young people

There is real frustration when people presume to know what their needs are without asking them. They hate people making decisions for them.
They get frustrated if people don’t communicate in an appropriate way. For example someone with a hearing impairment often needs people to look at them when they are speaking – it is no good just shouting. Understand what works best for that young person. Many young people with disabilities need an extra few moments to process information.
They hate being patronised. Taking part in games can be hard and some alterations and allowances need to be made, but they get fed up if they think people are letting them win.
They do need help doing some things, but they don’t want to be treated as special or different. They want to be part of the group with everyone else, to experience equal value, equal belonging and be equally contributing to the life of the group
What you know and understand about teenagers needs, hopes, fears and aspirations still applies regardless of whether they have a disability.

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One Reply to “Disability Inclusion 5: The young person”

  1. Disability can be complex….take the condition of diabetes having spent years empowering my son to be treated like all the other children, it is now slightly back firing in the teenage years…on such issues as alcohol……I now say in a moment of mindless logic ‘but you cannot drink like your friends because you are different!!!’ There is a slight irony and humour….Negotiating through such times is interesting and challenging.

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