How to Fit in at School if You Have a Disability

Having a disability sometimes could be tough, especially with in social situations at school. You know you want to fit in with everyone else, but your disability is a constant reminder that you're a bit different. Rather than giving up, or trying to hide your disability, you can embrace yourself and present your best face to the world.

Steps

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    Dress well. Choose neat, clean clothes that fit you comfortably and match each other. You may want to follow popular fashion, or create your own style. If you look like you care about yourself, others are more likely to care about you.
    • Personal hygiene is important. Make sure you brush your teeth, use deodorant, and wear clean clothes. If you choose to wear makeup, get adult help or find some tutorials, so that you understand how to apply it.
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    Embrace your identity. If you use a wheelchair, get one with awesome colors, or decorate it yourself. If you're autistic, stim to your heart's content. If you act comfortable with your disability, others will be comfortable with it too.
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    Join clubs and activities. This is where you can meet new people who share your interests.
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    Get out into the community. Do activities and attend events like sports games, school dances, the library, concerts, museums, car shows, church, the zoo, or just about anything. You could even volunteer for organized community projects, like cleaning up the park, taking care of public gardens, or help in a soup kitchen.
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    Treat others with kindness. People love it when you treat them nicely. Learn how to listen well, and always assume the best of others.
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    Show off your talents. Most people with disabilities have special gifts. If you are good at a sport, go ahead and try out for the team. If you are good at music, learn to sing or play an instruments. If you have artistic talents show your art in art shows or on the Internet.
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    Focus on the friends you have. Some people won't understand you or your disability, and that's all right. They aren't worth your time. Instead, focus on people who get you, and don't waste your time worrying about everything else. Life is too short to live by others' standards.
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    Don't be afraid to use available services. Depending on your school and your disability, these will vary. Here are some examples of accommodations that disabled students could receive:
    • Extra time on tests
    • A person who takes notes for you
    • Access to a social worker, speech therapist, or psychologist (They may also be able to help with social skills)
    • Using the elevator instead of the stairs
    • An aide or interpreter
    • A separate room for exams
    • Sitting on an exercise ball instead of a chair
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    Learn self love. Accept yourself the way you are, and build your self-esteem. This is important for all children and teenagers, but especially for disabled people.
    • Practice positive self talk. Look at yourself in the mirror, and say "I am a worthwhile human being. Sometimes my life is rough, but I am strong, and I've got this."
    • Surround yourself with others who believe in you. They are a good influence.
    • Read articles written by other disabled people. (There are plenty online.) Focus on your specific disability(ies), but also learn about the disability rights movement.
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    Remember that your disability one part of you. It will most likely always be there, but it is not your only trait either. Many cool, super smart, successful people, and even celebrities have documented disabilities.

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