Go the extra mile

Aug 28, 2014
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Perhaps you know someone who has a disability and you want to do all you can to provide support. Whatever the reason behind your desires, there are some things you can do in order to truly lend a hand and give someone a leg up. This can either mean you get directly involved with an organization or a group of people, or it can mean you go the extra mile and actually get trained in a particular field. The truth is that no matter what avenue you choose helping anyone will never be a waste of your time.

Becoming An Educator

Going into the teaching profession is a wonderful task that only a few are called to do. There is a level of patience that goes into teaching not everyone possess. This is also true when you are talking about going into the special education field teaching students with a learning or intellectual disability.

Whether talking about teaching someone who has a learning disability or a classroom of students who have intellectual disabilities and visual impairments, the opportunity will be one of a kind. The reward can be thankless, knowing that you will be experiencing issues that other teachers in your school may not encounter. There is a chance that the curriculum is going to be unique. The teaching of special education is a wonderful opportunity for a dedicated profession. There is going to be material that the student could struggle with. Your creativity may be tested because the students could have issues taking in new information. Plus, they could struggle with tasks and activities.

Becoming a Medical Professional

Going into the medical profession is another way you can directly help people with disabilities live better lives. If you are wanting to help in this capacity, it doesn’t always mean you need to spend the next four years in a grueling medical school, racking up even more student debt along the way.

Nursing school is one way you can get a hands-on approach to helping people with a variety of medical needs. If student loan debt is on your mind, know that there are plenty of programs that will help or even forgive your debt should you go this route. There are some programs that are even accelerated so you can get your nursing degree and license quickly while still getting the training and education you need to do the job and do it well.

Helping Out In Other Ways

For some, going to school in order to become an educator or a nurse simply isn’t a practical approach for where they are in their lives. Luckily, there are tons of other ways to help people with disabilities through various organizations and programs. Someone who wants to get involved in this way can always do something like contribute to the Dream Ride, which specifically raises money for the Special Olympics.

They can also volunteer their time at various community centers and locations that need people to work with and spend time with people with disabilities. These positions are not set aside for people with medical professionals or teachers but anyone who wants to be apart of someone’s life. Even taking someone to a movie can provide a great service.

For long term, being well trained is life long goal, but if you’re looking to just help out, you can do that immediately and go that extra mile.

How often do you volunteer? What do you like to do as a volunteer?

Author: Chris Meloni