It’s a common saying “disability is not inability.” Matters of personal safety need individual attention.
The state creates a safe environment for all; they may not have the capacity to handle everyone’s safety at a personal level.
People with disabilities are worse in terms of safety and protection. You know, when worst comes to the worst, you may use your limbs to seek refuge.
What of the people who are physically challenged? Should they not live a normal life?
What is personal safety for physically challenged individuals?
- Physical safety
- Emotional safety
- Social safety
- Mental safety
Physical safety is all about the protection against external body harm. How do you handle yourself when faced with danger from thugs?
You may be helpless at that time, but there is something you can do. Even how you sit poses health challenges to your physical health that is part of safety.
Emotional safety is things to do with the heart. As long as you are in a poor relationship with yourself, then you are psychologically unsafe.
The moment you are not well relaxed, you are defenseless.
Social safety now involves external interaction with your peers and the people around you.
How peaceful are you when around people?
Are you comfortable? If not, then you are socially unsafe. Racism and discrimination are some of the indicators of being socially unprotected.
Stress, anxiety, and depression are some of the issues around mental safety. When you can’t think straight, or things are full in your head, then you are sure you are mentally not safe.
Psychologists insist on acceptance among people living with disabilities to enhance their mental safety.
How do you feel when you want to express your intention or opinion?
Do you feel reserved or underrated in one way or the other? If yes, then your mental safety is at stake.
Have a look at some of the few safety tips for people with disabilities
Whichever type of safety you are trying to check out, here are a few tips to come in handy to protect your vulnerable state.
Invest in a gun
The gun is always the first point of action when you need an emergency. However, many regulations surrounding gun handling.
Different states have different rules. It’s worse when one is disabled; the best gun for such individuals is ones that stay hidden.
Remember, your enemy shouldn’t know you are armed. The choice of whether you need a short-range or long-range gun now depends on many factors:
Get a human aid
Physically challenged people shouldn’t walk alone. They need human assistance at one point to be their third eye when it comes to safety.
Even when talking of a rifle, the assistant must hold it for personal protection.
Make workplace adjustments
Accidents and slips are common in workplaces; therefore, necessary changes come in handy to protect these vulnerable individuals. They include
- Have ramps for people using wheelchairs
- Modify workplace furniture
- Purchase additional support devices- gearing aids, Braille among other disability-friendly tools
Every adjustment you make, you should have them in mind to ensure their comfort.
Accept your situation and be proud of it
It all starts with you. You can do anything about the situation; therefore, you have no option but to accept the state.
With this attitude, nothing bothers you. Even the slightest threat to your emotional state, you brush it off with a great smile.
Stay away from toxic relationships
Who are the people you hang out with? Do they brush your status on your face and have no apologies for it? If yes, those are the real threats to your emotional safety.
Avoid stressful situations
Have a look at your lifestyle; are there places and situations that trigger negative emotions? Where possible, avoid them at all costs.
They are not suitable for your emotional safety.
Stay in socially-friendly places
The worst mistake you can make as a physically challenged person is too many places you are unwanted or seen as a bother.
Avoid such areas at all costs. Instead, go to places where you are honored and supported despite your situation.
You don’t need sympathy but empathy at this time.
Speak up when uncomfortable
As long as things are not in line with your thoughts, it’s wise to speak out or leave the place. Life is too short to concentrate on things that don’t add value to your life.
Seek counseling support
Counselors come in handy t give you all the necessary support systems and a listening ear in terms of need.
They help you to navigate through tough situations with ease.
Its starts with safety awareness
You are the person who understands your feelings and thoughts about your situations. If there is anything, a disabled person should invest in then its knowledge and power.
It is the brain behind all success. Once you know your rights, you quickly detect and prevent any situations that threaten your safety.
Cultivate a positive attitude
Everything starts in mind. What is the thought about your physical state? If you pity your situation, that is the way people will also treat you.
If you value yourself, then no one can step on your feet in the name of disability.
Matters of personal safety start with you. You are in charge of it, the government only takes care of 25% of your security, and the rest depends on your lifestyle, daily practices, and healthy well being.
Disability shouldn’t be a hindrance to achieving your dreams because of safety.