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Having a Disability

Understanding your disability and how it affects your activities at home, in the community, at school, and at work means becoming aware of yourself. It means knowing what you are good at, the kinds of things you need help with, and the kinds of support that work best for you.

Knowing how to describe your disability to others will make it easier to teach them about you; it can also help you ensure that your needs are met.

If you don’t know much about your disability or aren’t sure how to tell others about the kind of help you want or need because of your disability, it can be pretty scary. When you get used to thinking about your disability and talking to others, it can get easier to try new things and get the kind of help you want.

Example

You know that you need some accommodations to make sure that you can participate in gym class. This semester, the focus is on a soccer tournament. You love soccer but sometimes you know you need accommodations and support so you can play. If you can tell others exactly what you need, then hopefully things will be ready before you get there! Otherwise, you might not get to score that all-important winning goal in the tournament and get a hero’s welcome at the end of the season. Okay, so maybe we are slightly exaggerating, but you never know!

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