Learning About Disability

There can be a lot of unfamiliarity or fog surrounding how disability care and support work functions in Australia. This doesn’t always arise out of a lack of desire to learn but can come from factors including the fear that may be associated with asking questions or taking the time to learn.

For families and people living with a disability, finding the right support can make a world of difference. Types of support are varied – such as help with everyday tasks like shopping, accommodations at home or school or community members ensuring spaces are accessible for every Australian. 

For Sandra, community nursing in Adelaide meant gaining greater independence and social support at home. Her disability support worker helps her with everyday tasks that may be challenging for her alone and accompanies her in social activities. For many Australians like Sandra, getting the right support can make a huge impact on their quality of life. 

We must remember to stay curious rather than shy away from topics like disability support that we may not have a lot of experience with. Staying informed means that we can be more involved in our community and aware of what we can do to help. 

More than half a million Australians are currently receiving life-changing support from an NDIS provider. From respite to full-time care, support comes in a variety of forms. It is important that we remember to appreciate and recognise the challenges that may face Australians living with a disability. This could mean engaging in conversations with your community regarding accessibility for people who use a wheelchair or informing yourself about subjects that you may not have personal experience with.

Making sure that we remain curious about the world around us is something that we should carry through into adulthood, not leave behind in childhood. There is always something new to learn. And, in doing so, we can remember to be kind and involved in the communities that give us so much in return.