If you’re a young person with a permanent disability you might feel isolated and lonely. It can be difficult to watch your friends and colleagues doing things that your disability might restrict you from doing. However, there are plenty of activities that you can do when you have a disability, and it can be super rewarding to join a group with likeminded people who have disabilities or long-term health conditions. So, if you’re a young person with a disability, what activities could you consider?
Adaptive sports, or disabled sports, are sports for people with disabilities which allow modifications. This means that your disability won’t restrict how you’re able to perform in the game. Adaptive sports can be an excellent way to meet new people, improve your health and develop a new talent. There are so many different options for adaptive sports, ranging from tennis to football to badminton, and you can pick whether you’re looking for serious competition or friendly matches that get your heart racing. Whatever you choose, the endorphins will make you feel amazing and you could find your calling.
Beethoven once said, “music can change the world” – and why not let it change yours? Taking on a musical activity can be hugely beneficial for someone with a disability – especially younger people who can pick up new skills easily. So, why not try learning a new instrument or joining a choir or percussion group? Whilst some people might worry that their disability will restrict them from doing so – especially if you have a hearing impairment – there are music groups that teach musical skills through sound vibrations and encourage everyone to feel the joyous benefits of music.
Whether you love traditional Shakespearean drama or prefer new Marvel movies, joining a drama group can be great for someone with a disability. Whilst you may not end up being the next Meryl Streep, participating in drama groups is a great way to meet new people, learn about team-work and dig your teeth into something that could change audience perceptions and be really groundbreaking. Whether you’re putting on a fun and lively musical, a dark and twisted conspiracy or a children’s puppet show, the collaborative work of drama brings out everyone’s good side and allows you to develop new skills. Plus, you get to be whoever you want. Beyoncé – yes please!
One of the biggest appeals of gaming is that you don’t have to leave the house. Like film, you bring an exciting world to you – except, with gaming, you get to control what happens. Playing video games can be fun for a young person with a disability because you get to explore exciting worlds and personas alongside meeting new people online and collaborating on tasks. Plus, there are so many consoles and games to choose from. Whether you’re racing cars, trekking across jungles or fighting giants, you’ll put your gaming skills to the test. Just don’t forget to feed the cat whilst you’re busy saving the world – it needs you too, you know.