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Mentally- and Physically-Challenged People Think Too

What people wonder about people who can’t speak for themselves.

People who are mentally and physically challenged are also known as being handicapped. People seem to think that they don’t have feeling that they don’t belong. I am here to tell you differently.

I have worked several years with people who have many different types of disabilities of which most of them who can not speak for themselves who rely on people to speak on their behalf. If one can’t verbalize what they want, don’t want, or what they need or in fact even how they are feeling, how is it your are supposed to be able to speak for them?

Many people who have severe disabilities are also unable to do many things on their own such as bathe, dress them self, go to the bathroom on their own or feed them self. Therefore even though they are used to depending on someone to help them out all the time they still feel violated. They don’t enjoy being seen naked or being washed in the shower or the bathtub. They don’t get the choice as to who they get bathed by and they don’t get to choose when or how long they get to sit in the tub.

They have just as much feelings that anyone else just like the rest of us. Do you enjoyed being stared at when you go out in public because of either what you are wearing or what you look like? Well neither do any of the people who are disabled. They don’t want to be treated like they are scary or as if they are contagious with something. You can’t catch what they have unless you can catch the compassion that they have just to be able to make it through one more day.

Just remember that even though they can’t communicate well they still can and they are probably feeling the way you would if it was you and that it could have happened to you.

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  1. Thomas H

    On June 5, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I am a disabled handicapped physically & mentally fella but friends of mine treats me with respect & they know what I have been through but I will still respect them if they were in the same situation as me

    I am very quiet private fella, don’t say much when I’m with my family, when I’m with my own friend around the same age as me & up to 27 years of age, they show their careness, respect for me as a good friend

  2. Sweta

    On August 18, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I second what is written :-)
    I myself am physically challenged and am doing my MBA now.
    I really think the society needs to change the way they look at challenged persons

  3. Donna

    On September 3, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I’m wanting to work in this area of life!?
    Would appreciate any feed back or comments as I go along …anything that might help me understand and be more compassionate?

  4. harika

    On November 25, 2009 at 6:14 am

    i wish to work for the god gifted people, would you help me to know about this organizations. i’m a mba graduate, i wish to live my whole life with them. this is my kindly request u to please send details to my mail

  5. Joshua Salls

    On April 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I think that the people who even care for the challenged, disabled, and diceased patients are very good people!
    Keep up the good work!

  6. Meohmy

    On September 3, 2010 at 12:15 am

    My husband has a severely handicapped niece. She is moderately mentally challenged and has physical deformities. Her father uses her disability income for himself and takes his girlfriends grocery shopping with the food stamps she is allotted each month.
    Recently a close friend asked him why she isn’t in an assisted living or group home situation and he replied “because I can’t afford to lose the money I get for her.”
    How should I handle this? Should I keep my nose out of the whole picture?

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