Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities

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Responsibilities of Parents of Children with Disabilities

Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan once said that “my family is my strength and my weakness.”  Families are a strong determining factor for the strength or weakness of a child with a disability. Parents of children with disabilities are one of the most vital tools that can help a child with a disability to attain his full potential. How they treat the children can either cause them to fail or succeed.

Every day, there are stories of people with disabilities making it in “grand style” in society—excelling even where people without disabilities find it difficult to succeed.  Parents of children with disabilities are the first determining factors as to whether that child becomes a role model, or just another child with a disability who ends up achieving nothing.

  • Parents of children with disabilities are the Genesis of their success. They have to be their chief advocate. They must believe in their children, be their ambassadors. They must be the first people to shout out against stigmatization. Yes—stigmatization against children with disabilities begin right at home. It may not be direct, but certain altitudes at home can spur the other children to stigmatize a child with a disability. There is a common phenomenon in the rural communities in the African continent where parents of children with disabilities isolate the children with disabilities from the other children. In most cases, these children are isolated in particular sections of the house where strangers do not come. Such acts are the primary signals that the family is preparing the child for failure and hampering the hopes of a smooth social integration into society.
  • Parents of children with disabilities should pay close attention to the nutrition of their children. Children with disabilities have special needs, and these needs are also reflected in what they eat.
  • Parents of children with disabilities should not take the advice of medical experts for granted. Parents of children with disabilities have the altitude of ignoring important details that can help improve the health of their children.
  • Finally parents of children with disabilities should always listen to them—talk to them. Dialogue with children with disabilities can easily allow the children to express their strong points. It is no longer a secret that the disability hinders them from functioning normally, but each child with a disability always has a strong point that can be worked on and improved. Unless the child is given confidence, he will never feel free to express that strong point.