Coping with Disability

A disability can be the consequence of a trauma, illness or genetic. There are a range of disabilities that people face; and successful coping requires skills in stress management, thought control and ability to find meaning. The individual must accept limitations and at the same time continue with activities that are productive and pleasurable. It is helpful to focus attention on the strengths and resources that represent the individuals' abilities. Using the intact abilities can help the individual return to previously enjoyed activities, sometimes in a creative manner, and begin involvement in new pursuits. It is also important to find meaning from the disability as well as recognize the potential for creating new opportunities.