Problems Faced by Families with Disabled Children
If you are the parent of a child who is disabled, you know that there are challenges that you face each and every day. Whether your child has cerebral palsy, mental retardation, traumatic brain injury, amputation, Down syndrome or ADHD, there are problems that will come up at some point.
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Financial Hardship– Financial hardship is one of the biggest challenges for parents of disabled children. When you first find out the news that your child has a disability, money and costs are the last thing on your mind. The only thing that is important at that point is how you can help your child. However, you will soon discover that the costs associated with medications, specialized schooling, therapy, rehabilitation and counseling will quickly begin to add up. If you are a family that is low income, this can be a huge devastation. You need to know where you can turn for financial and government help to ease some of the financial burden. The best place to start is with your community support offices.
Isolation– Families that care for a child with a disability may find themselves completely isolated from family and friends. There is no one to blame for this most of the time though, it just happens. Some people stay away simply because they don’t know how to act around the child or even the parents. Some families will just shut everyone out once they find out about their child’s disability because they are afraid of how the child will be accepted. Some parents will find new friends within the special needs community because they believe these people can better understand what you are going through on a daily basis. The bottom line here is that the only thing that parents of special needs children want is for their child to be accepted and loved.
Social Acceptance– As much as we hate it, there are some people in today’s society that do not socially accept children that have some type of disability. You have more than likely been out in public with your child and noticed the stares or heard the whispers. They may have even said something out loud about the way your child looks or acts. The sad part is when these aren’t strangers that are passing judgment on your child but family and friends. Your aunt may have her opinion on how you deal with the issues you face. Your best friend may tell you that you need to institutionalize your child. This is something that is very difficult to deal with as a parent of a disabled child.
Are you a parent? If so, what do you find is the most challenging?
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