Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of attendants in my life. Over the years the role of the attendant in my life has changed and honestly, I have grown right along with it. This is the first post in a two part series. This post will look at the teen years and the role the attendant played in my life.
What is role of an attendant for teenagers with disabilities?
The role of an attendant for teenagers with disabilities is an interesting one. In my case the role of an attendant for me when I was a teenager was to get me out of the house doing normal teenager things like going out to the mall or what have you.
Learning what independence meant when I had an attendant
For me, I was a teenager who wanted to get out and about and due to physical limitation this was a challenge, but I realize that this wasn’t impossible I just had to be okay with adapting. Adapting for me simply meant finding an attendant who was willing to go out with me and do the social things that are simply uncool to do with your mom.
Does the role of an attendant play a part in your personal definition of independence? How do you define independence in your own life? When did you get your first attendant how old were you?
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