With support from family, school, and health care professionals, Jim took on more and more responsibility for his own health.
He also learned to take care of himself by exercising, eating right, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco.
People with disabilities need health care and health programs for the same reasons anyone else does—to stay well, active, and a part of the community.
Having a disability does not mean a person is not healthy or that he or she cannot be healthy.
Today, Jim is 24, married, working, and buying a home.
He believes he has been able to enjoy a full life, in spite of his disability. For example, the transition from teen years to adulthood can be especially challenging.
By law, children may be eligible to have a 504 plan which lists accommodations related to a child’s disability.
The 504 plan accommodations may be needed to give the child an opportunity to perform at the same level as their peers.
It is important for parents and other family members to teach their loved one how to stay safe and what to do if they feel threatened or have been hurt in any way.Good health is important to be able to work, learn, and be engaged within a community.This web page provides information for people with disabilities about healthy living, safety, school, transitions, independent living, and finding support.Since the Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990, many social barriers have been removed or reduced for people with disabilities.But there is more work that needs to be done for people with disabilities to become more independent and involved in their world.