Do you think a disabled person would be qualified to take care of others?

I worked at two summer enrichment programs between 2005 and 2006, and one was exclusively for disabled children. And I got these jobs through (temporary summer jobs) a youth employment agency and the weird thing is, these camps were usually composed of disabled children between ages 0-15 and from low income families. But the really weird thing was a lot of the people who got these jobs at these sort of day care places were young, from poor families (14-22), and a few with special needs. A couple of them were severe to the point where they were given non-daycare jobs. So may question is, what was the point of those summer work experiences of basically putting similar people together but one group was supposed to the caretakers of possibly some people their age? It was weird, I did quit that youth program due to my age and not being able to find suitable work for myself. Thank you all for the answers so far. But I tend to disagree, working at the disabled camp in particular was very stressful for me and felt like a slap in the face because I grew up on the generation that still had issues with disabled people and viewed them in a bad light. One of the reasons I didn't return and I went to the "normal" camp the next summer. And on another note, I just find it odd for a 15-16 year old to be working at a camp where her peers go. To me, you'd think the students would need someone older and not exactly in the same situation, like someone to look up to or aspire to.

Asked By: gurlygurl20000 - 7/7/2007
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So what generation is that who learned about putting disabled people in a bad light ? And boy would I like to talk to you for an article I'm writing... More
Answered By: Lizzy-tish - 7/8/2007
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Depends on the nature of the individual. .
Answered By: Pilgrim - 7/7/2007
Yes they can. I have a 14yo son who has Aspergers Syndrome and he looks over the little ones on my block like a mother hen. He goes to therapy (by his own choice by the way). When his therapist has a child who is really withdrawn he asks my son do come in and help him out. So I feel yes ,too many people look at what... More
Answered By: Chode64 - 7/7/2007
I am an adult aspie and I feel my disability gives me more empathy towards others with disabilities. I feel most autistic people have a "radar" where we can pick each other out. I also feel this gives us a special rapport with each other because we can better understand where each other is coming from. So I feel... More
Answered By: Bocephus - 7/7/2007
there is a common thread with all of them and they can relate to each other better. have you noticed how caring individuals with disabilities are? i could only wish more people that were quote, "normal" could have this same compassion and patience with society. your job will help you out more than you realize. in... More
Answered By: bears~N~angels - 7/8/2007
Yes they can care for other children, probable in an assistant type roll. And what a great way for them to gain experiences if it is done properly. Sometimes if you have been through something you are more able to help someone then someone who has never been through it... More
Answered By: jobees - 7/8/2007
Yes I think a Disabled person is qualified to take care of other Disabled people, depending on the fuctioning level of the Disabled person
Answered By: MrCool1978 - 7/8/2007
People who have a disability are very capable of working if given the chance, and when working with other people with disabilities, they tend to to be more empathetic, caring and nurturing towards each other... More
Answered By: Georgie - 7/8/2007
depends on the disabillityand the job.
Answered By: chris - 7/8/2007
It depends the trust I have with that person!
Answered By: Yo Dawg - 7/8/2007
of course, just the thought of helping others should be enough to qualify them as caregivers!...we do need these people in the world
Answered By: mklaks - 7/8/2007
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