The Correlation of Disabilities to Learning and Self-Confidence

DisabilitiesDisabled persons also have the right to the same things as those without any disabilities because they, too, have the capacity to do great things despite their physical condition. A disability, however, may affect the self-confidence and learning ability of an individual. Impaired hearing or vision may prevent them from realizing their potential if they do not get the assistance they need.

Lack of Confidence

The causes of disabilities vary; it may be because of a disease, an accident or inherited genetically. Most disabled persons lack the confidence in their abilities because they cannot see or hear well, or cannot do certain things that other people can. The disconnection occurs because they cannot communicate the same way others can. Failure to make a connection often leads to a person withdrawing, sometimes even completely disconnecting from the world. They become moody, depressed or suffer from mental and social problems that may prevent them from reaching their full potential.

Some disabled persons intentionally isolate themselves because of their inability to communicate with others. The lack of understanding of the main cause of the problem leads to a lower quality of life. This creates tension and problems with the family and the people around them.

Barrier to Education

Persons with disabilities may sometimes find themselves trailing one behind their peers, not because of lack of intelligence, but because of impairments in their vision or hearing. They have the same mental capacity as other people, but will need help or a tool to even the playing field. Low vision or blindness prevents a child from learning the same way as other kids. Hearing impaired children will also have difficulties in a class where everyone else can hear properly. With the use of assistive and adaptive technology, disabled persons have a tool that will allow them to learn at their own pace and level.

Persons with disabilities gain confidence in their abilities with the help of a support group and tools that allow them to maximize what they have. Technology and devices such as camera-based reading devices, smart scanners and readers, assistive listening devices, specially designed keyboards and others enable disabled learners to study and get an education.