What is my participant’s disability?
As a support worker, it’s important to know about your participant’s disability so that you can understand how it affects them and how you can best support them. Having some knowledge about your participant’s disability allows you to identify the characteristics that may be caused by the disability, for example, if you participant has schizophrenia you may be able to recognize that their lack of concentration or excitability may be a characteristic of their disorder. This can then help you to be adaptive and acknowledge ways that you could help them, for example, you could encourage them to have consistent breaks if they are having trouble concentrating. Understanding your participant and adapting to help them meet their needs and goals is vital when providing them with valuable and beneficial support. Keep reading to find out more about disabilities so that you can provide the most helpful support you can.
What are some definitions of disabilities?
Click here to view the definitions of disabilities to learn more about your participant’s disabilities and how it may affect them. It’s also important to not make assumptions about your participant’s abilities and disability.