HANDICAPS WELFARE ASSOCIATION

an organisation of the disabled for the disabled by the disabled

Information for the Newly Disabled and/or Family Members

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The Effects of Physical Disabilities

The extent of impact on the person depends on the type and severity of the disability condition, the person’s educational level and personality, peers and family support, and financial condition. The impact faced by people with acquired disabilities and people with congenital disability can be described as follows:

  1. 1 . PEOPLE WITH ACQUIRED DISABILITY
    In general, people with acquired disabilities usually go through a difficult emotional adjustment process, along with their bodily adjustments to the treatment and continual care process. It starts with shock over sudden disability, which later develops into anger, denial and grief over the lost function, body part and image. Self-esteem is usually shattered and needs to be rebuilt, along with the change in body image and condition. They get into lots of worries, fears and anxieties of their future. Over time, they can ultimately overcome their adjustment periods and advance to acceptance and coping of their disabilities with guidance and care. Some will strive towards greater independence physically and financially, if possible. For some who do not make it, they will become frustrated and depressed as time goes by.
  1. 2 . PEOPLE WITH CONGENITAL DISABILITY
    This disability group usually adjusts to their condition physically and emotionally during their growing period. In general, some have low self-esteem especially in a neglected situation at home. Those with severe condition but with good mind may see themselves as a burden to their family. Some are very positive with supportive family members. The situation is different for those staying in an institutional home, they may feel rejected if their family members do not visit and contact them regularly. On the other hand, they may just live day to day as their basic needs are being taken care of even better than when they are at their own home. In conclusion, people with disabilities (for both congenital and acquired type) (for both congenital and acquired type) face lots of social challenges such as educational opportunity, independence level, employment and marriage opportunities due to their disabilities. They require assistance from the family, peers, society and government to help them to cope with their disabilities and move towards independence.

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Counselling Information that We Provide

Here are the various aspects of counselling information that we provide:

  • MEDICAL & REHABILITATION
    Consult your doctors and therapists on:
  1. 1. your medical condition and treatments
  2. 2. medical condition and special diet if any
  3. 3. management and prevention of incontinence, sore, pain, wounds, spasms, etc
  4. 4. independent living skills (e.g. dressing, using the bathroom, transfer, overcoming steps, etc.)
  5. 5. follow-up therapy after discharge. This is available at HWA.
  6. 6. recommendations of suitable aids like wheelchair, commode, cushion, etc, before buying or loaning. Loan is available at HWA.
  7. 7. recommendation of bed, grab bars for toilet, ramp, etc, for your home before any alteration work begins
  • GOING HOME
    Preparations needed! Weekends’ home leave from hospital is a good start, if possible.
  1. 1. Transport If you need a taxi or an ambulance, book it early. HWA has this service but without attendant. Booking is at 62543006. St John Ambulance has attendant service but only takes in standard types of wheelchairs and during office hours. Booking is at 62980300
  2. 2. Inaccessibility of House for Wheelchair Users If your house is not on lift-landing level, you may want to consider other alternatives like changing house (but need to consider your finance) or apply for hostel (for working people)
  3. 3. Check-ups Observe these closely for your health’s sake
  • SOCIAL
  1. 1. This is likely your main worry. It’s natural, but do something about it
  2. 2. Check if claims are available from personal insurance, dependent protection schemes provided by the CPF, company, Housing Protection Insurance (for owner’s of HDB flats) or the courts (traffic accident cases, if applicable). These will take time
  3. 3. Explore employment opportunities for yourself or your family members
  4. 4. Financial assistance can be explored with Social Workers in hospitals or at HWA.
  • FINANCE
  1. 1. This is likely your main worry. It’s natural, but do something about it.
  2. 2. Check if claims are available from personal insurance, dependent protection schemes provided by the CPF, company, Housing Protection Insurance (for owner’s of HDB flats) or the courts (traffic accident cases, if applicable). These will take time.
  3. 3. Explore employment opportunities for yourself or your family members.
  4. 4. Financial assistance can be explored with Social Workers in hospitals or at HWA.
  • EDUCATION
  1. 1. HWA has programmes like BEST, WISE and also offers computer lessons
  2. 2. HWA also provides education subsidies, bursaries and scholarships
  • WORK
  1. 1. Work on the possibility of going back to your former job, or maybe even at other places
  2. 2. Bizlink Centre, the job agency for disabled people, provides vocational assessment and placements. TEL : 64402633
  3. 3. Jobs are sometimes available from HWA. Members can register through the circulars
  • YOUR FUTURE
  1. 1. Strive towards greater independence and happiness
  2. 2. You too can contribute to the society like many other members at HWA
  3. 3. Give yourself a chance and be patient with yourself