8 Vital Tips for Working With the Persons With Disabilities
Disabled persons have special needs, and since they are taken care of especially so they can be exposed to the natural environment. The NGO executives working for them to make them feel one with the society, so they can understand they have value in their present life. Being the volunteers, they are determined to provide their expertise and time to the persons with disabilities for them to understand and realize their dreams, and thus voice their opinions.
In this discussion, we have highlighted the tips the volunteers of the Indian Organization for Persons with Disabilities, follow to monitor their needs to assist them better.
i. Clear Interaction With The People Suffering From Disabilities
Other than asking them questions, the volunteers first talk to them and then give them the chance to tell them their viewpoints and special needs. Polite conversation is the way to win over - the people with disabilities get the chance to talk to someone interested to assist them. So, the volunteers introduce themselves and explain to them how would they connect to the people. Based on their special needs, the volunteers might physically assist them with their movements so they are at ease to introduce themselves.
ii. Good Observance
Some people having special needs might not be able to verbalize discomforts, and could perceive sensory inputs differently. Since their behavior is their communication, so the volunteers check on their differences and make a note on how their behavior is making a communication.
iii. Through Implying General Knowledge
Least, the people with disabilities become impulsive and emotional, the volunteers first ensure the overall environment is safe, that is to say physically protected and emotionally comfortable.
So, the volunteers provide positive support to help them build up confidence. Moreover, the people with disabilities are gathered at a common destination so they could share knowledge amongst each other.
iv. Maintaining Flexibility
The motive behind accommodating the people with disabilities in a group is to ensure they are learning to master new skills together and understand each other. In case, a person is not able to display his/her skills at a particular activity being taught to them, then they are monitored and then taught another activity where they can show their expertise and are not into anxiety. The volunteers make sure the people with disabilities are having clear concepts about the activities they are involved in.
v. Remaining Consistent
After presenting the rules to the group, the volunteers consistently apply the rules for everyone. So, for the matte, they check the people are not having any behavior issues, and if there are, then those people are first trained to be more attentive and patient. If needed, the volunteers could even give them time for private conversations, so they can solve everything together so that consistency is maintained.
vi. Using Auditory, Visual and Tactile Cues
By keeping the right cues in the environment, they allocate the different performers for the same activity. Since they have special needs, so the volunteers ensure how much they are befitting for the role. To help them further, the volunteers even use index cards written in simplified language so they can better remember the rules to keep up appropriate behavior.
If needed, for the children suffering from disabilities, the volunteers might sing the instructions, so they are attentive and quiet.
Other forms of auditory cues are snapping, clapping, or reciting - to which the people with disabilities are able to better respond.
On the other hand, the tactile cues include touching the person's shoulders gently to show them support and appreciation, offering the necessities, and making them share certain essentials to promote unity.
vii. Having A Plan As Well As A Back-Up Plan
An activity or a goal can be accomplished only with plans - the first plan, and the backup plans for supporting in case there are any flaws or breaches. That is why; the volunteers can create a space for free movement and save the day from faring badly. So, they take care of check how much the participants are able to contribute.
viii. Being Positive Throughout
A positive attitude is a vital quality the volunteers have while working with children having special needs. Their positive attitudes are highlighted in their interactions. Likewise, they can understand the people closely and accordingly engage them in particular activities.
A person might be born with disabilities, but there is no compulsion that they have to accept it for a lifetime and live under pity. As the Indian organization volunteers encourage them that disabilities are different abilities, and they are able to achieve their goals with proper training and encouragement.
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