Giving back is a wonderful thing. It helps those that one is giving to but it also provides something to the giver. As the New Year starts we are all in a generous mood. You don’t have to wait for the holiday season to be giving however. Consider doing it all year around!
But my I or my child has a disability how can I give back, especially when I need help you might ask. Would you ask that if there was no disability present? Maybe, maybe not, but it should not matter. Giving back will give you and your child more gifts than the ones you give. You will meet people in the community that you may have never had the chance to meet. You can serve food at a food bank or help call people for donations. No matter what you choose the major focus is building relationships with the people you meet.
You might meet another volunteer who works in a field that you are interested in. Use this as an opportunity to learn and build a relationship. You may be able to make a friend and gain support for the future. Meeting friends are great. There are other benefits of giving back as well. In addition to meeting friends you may find an activity or field you enjoy and might want to pursue as a career in the future. The opposite is also true. You might also try an activity in the process of giving back that you thought you would like, but did not. If this happens you can now eliminate that idea from your transition plan. Regardless of what happens, giving back to others can give so much back to you in return. Give it a try. Either way it is a satisfying experience.