There is some evidence that disabled children are considered less valued members of society than able-bodied children—one major reason being their dependence on others, especially on other family members. Because of this, child welfare practitioners have looked into the child's disability and suffering as well as the child's needs in a wider context, that is, to be included as an equal member of society. Seeing this need, manufacturers addressed this and thus there is an emergence of varying products for the special needs of disabled children.
Disability though can be a mental or physical impairment or both, which mostly limits major life activities. These impairments may include cognitive, sensory, physical or intellectual impairments. Disorders involving the mind and various kinds of chronic diseases may are considered as qualifying disabilities, too. Products, which have been created for these special needs also vary according to the different needs of disabled children. Here's how to understand some of the products available for children with disabilities.
Handicapped children are those who are mentally retarded, physically handicapped or impaired, seriously emotionally disturbed, other health impaired, multi-handicapped, or have learning disabilities. These children then, because of these impairments, need special education and related services. Special needs children, on the other hand, may have mild learning disabilities or profound mental retardation, developmental delays, occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems.
There is also a different group of disabled children—the wheelchair children. These children are those confined to the wheelchair for mobile aid. The wheelchair children though require the use of a pediatric wheelchair for different reasons. Lastly, there are autistic children. Autism, on the other hand, is a brain development disorder.
With the issue of dependence arose the different products, which could assist disabled children towards independent living. These could well be products geared towards mobility, to help them in the bathroom, to help them around the home, or towards play. By these ingenious products, disabled children are taught to live more independently. These products afford them to doing things by themselves rather than relying on somebody else for everything all the time.
Aside from teaching these kids life's day-to-day activities, there are also products geared towards the education of these kids academically. These disabled children, especially those who are just physically handicapped but are still very able mentally, can still reach their full potential in school and can still make a successful transition to adulthood. They can still achieve a lot in terms of higher education, training or work.
These products though do not sell cheaply. Aware of this predicament, there are organizations (usually of the non-profit kind) whose thrust is to provide disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces and the like, other types of medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. These kinds of organizations do this for charity. There are also other organizations and support groups which provide grants for the academic education of disabled children. Scholarships and exchange programs are now available to disabled children as well.
Thanks to these teaching products, it is not uncommon nowadays to hear of disabled children who have furthered their studies and have become productive members of our society.