If you ask a disabled adult to describe who they are, chances are that they may proudly identify themselves as a disabled American. However, asking disabled children to describe themselves may be difficult because of the insecurities that come with being different and having to answer so many questions about one’s condition.
People who have experienced a major, traumatic event are likely to suffer post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those dealing with PTSD can possibly suffer depression, withdraw from friends and loved ones and are more susceptible to other neurological issues. They may have difficulty sleeping, they may have emotional issues and may not know why. Moreover, their emotional issues may prevent them from obtaining or keeping gainful employment.
Disney quietly has been under fire for its new policy at its theme parks for how it accommodates children with disabilities at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Under its previous policy, parents with disabled children could skip ahead in lines at attractions. However, in a broad change to its policy last fall, line skipping was significantly curtailed. Instead, disabled children could obtain a card that would allow them to return at a later time so that they would not have to wait in such long lines. According to Disney officials, the change was prompted by “widespread” abuse of the previous policy.