We know that Covid-19 has had a negative impact on all of our lives in some shape or form. However, it is important to recognize that not everything is as bad as it seems. In fact, it seems that for some parts of the community, the global pandemic has opened up a brand new world of opportunity.
In particular those who are disabled.
But how? How has Covid-19 been a positive (in some way) experience for those who are disabled and living in the UK? Particularly UK school children who are disabled.
It allows you to explore the world
One thing that can limit the experiences that disabled children have is the access. Depending on the nature and severity of their disability, something that others may take for granted such as going to a museum, can be incredibly difficult.
With the world moving to be more virtual, this has meant that tourist attractions and cultural spaces such as galleries and museums, have had to think of different ways to welcome visitors. Virtual tours and talks have become more popular, which means that anyone who is disabled can travel to some amazing places and see it through their own (albeit virtual) eyes.
You can attend live music concerts
Another great opportunity that has been seen with Covid-19 is that live concerts have been streamed. Children, who might not feel safe enough to be able to attend live music concerts, will be able to see their favourite artists perform. This not only allows them to experience something that they may not have seen otherwise, but is more often than not a way to make them happier with their lockdown experience.
Socialising is online
We haven’t been able to see our friends as much as normal, at least in person. Which has meant that if you want to have a get together you need to do it virtually. Socialising online is great when you are stuck at home on lockdown, however, it has added benefits for disabled people too. It allows them to catch up with their friends, without having to worry about leaving the house and some of the stress and anxiety that can come with this.
The way that we work has changed
Of course, future careers are not going to be a current concern for disabled children, but it is good to know just how their futures may look. The way that we work and how we do our jobs has changed and much like many things it is more virtual. Whilst it may have been difficult for a disabled person to take on certain careers in the past, of feel able to follow their career dreams. Things have now changed and there is a much bigger chance that they are going to be able to achieve those dreams.
It is nice to think about the past year in as positive a light as possible. We know that it is hard to do, but this doesn’t mean that it is impossible. Things have changed, but we can make sure that the changes that have occurred are as positive as possible.