Are you someone who has multiple disabilities? If so, we can understand the extreme struggles you face in life. It is hard enough having only one disability. Having two or more disabilities can probably feel quite disheartening.
What are multiple disabilities?
If a person has multiple disabilities, he or she has at least two disabling conditions. Often a person with multiple disabilities will have three or more.
“Multiple disabilities, by its very name, means that an individual usually has more than one significant disability, such as movement difficulties, sensory loss, and/or a behavior or emotional disorder.”
Children are often the ones affected by multiple disabilities.
What are the signs and symptoms of combined disabilities?
Since the possible disability combinations are endless, it is difficult to pin down exact symptoms of multiple disabilities. Still, there are some distinguishing characteristics that usually accompany combined disabilities. These can include:
– “Trouble generalizing skills from one situation to another”
– Difficulties with communication and speech
– Difficulty with mobility
– “A need for support of major life activities”
– Forgetting skills due to not utilizing them often enough
What are some possible disability combinations?
That is hard to say, as there can be many different disability combinations. One combination may be a visual disability paired with a mental disability. An example of this combination could be a person who is both clinically depressed and blind or visually impaired.
Another disability combination could be an intellectual disability along with a sensory disability. An example of this combination may be a child who is deaf or hearing impaired and who has mental retardation.
What is your personal disability combination?
Do you have multiple disabilities? If so, what are they? This week Disability Living is discussing multiple disabilities, how technology can help those who have them, resources for people with multiple disabilities, inspirational stories about individuals with numerous disabilities, the results of having more than one disability, education for children with combined disabilities, and more.
Disability Living is an online community for Canadians with disabilities — this includes individuals with multiple disabilities.
If you have combined disabilities, you may feel like you have no sounding board on which to vent your frustrations, share your life tips, and communicate with others. The Disability Living blog is that place. Feel free to comment on our blog posts this week as we discuss multiple disabilities in Canada.
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