Communication with person with a physical disability

People with physical disabilities have various forms of disabilities, eg., Spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy (often manifested and speech impairment). These disorders can affect a person in different ways: some people can manage hands, others may briefly get off the trolley, so it is important to know when and how to help them, and how to communicate with them. Wheelchairs, crutches or leg stabilizers to help them move.

Tips on how to deal with someone with cerebral palsy or having a speech disorder

Man who has suffered a stroke, cerebral palsy or hearing impaired, language can be difficult to understand. Openly communicate with someone and tell if you do not understand. If you find it difficult to understand what is being said. Ask again. Even if a person repeats did not understand what he wants to say, ask them to write it down on paper, or find another way to continue the conversation.
Unconsciously, you cannot count on what the person is saying, just because of his appearance. Be yourself, communicate how you are accustomed to, talk looking into it. Do not end the speaker's sentences - complete thought let it go.
Try to stay relaxed. Often the person will be more difficult to communicate, if you feel the tension emanating.
It is important that people have confidence in yourself and maintain self-esteem. Try to keep the tone of voice neutral.
Calm environment facilitates communication.
To draw attention to the human, say his name, wait for the man to you will look. Give a person enough time to be able to answer a question or to react to what said.
When communicating with someone stand close enough that he could see your facial expressions and body language. This will help him to communicate with you.
Do not shoot, it could only be more excited about the person with whom you are communicating. It may misunderstand and think that angry.

Communicating with someone with epilepsy

Epilepsy - is a hidden disability, relatively common disorder characterized by recurrent seizures, convulsions. Seizures occur in a sudden disruption of brain electrical activity. Medicines most epileptics can control seizures. Seizures come in different forms, some last for even a few minutes. Most often, the person gets inner warning, thus avoiding falls or other injury.
If the person occur in epileptic seizure:
- If the man began the attack, it cannot stop.
- Stay calm. Do not try to stop the attack. Do not stifle human seizures. Ensure that the close environment is safe, dial sharp, heavy and hot items that a person avoid injury.
- If a man collapsed on the ground, to make sure that his head is safe, and wait for the attack to pass.
- When the attack ends, the man put a pillow under your head or rolled coat. Human head turn to the side, and if he had something in your mouth, remove everything, including protecting the person from choking or suffocation.
-  in most cases, the person feels tired and needs to rest quietly, at least briefly.

The Source:
Ruolytė R. (2005) "Know disabilities: practical advice on disability matters of etiquette, Vilnius: Etnomedijos intercentras.
NGO Youth Career Center (2011), "What is worth knowing about the integration of disabled people?" Kaunas: Youth Career Centre.