Every individual suffers from a certain form of disability.

From physical to emotional disabilities, people usually cringe for help as they begin to feel impaired and unable to provide for themselves in one way or another. Yet there remains the thought that even if people are impaired by their ‘disabilities’ they can still be able to be productive members of the society and lead a happy life. Physical disabilities are perhaps the most observable impairments among individuals. Inasmuch as we are human beings or living organisms composed of several body parts, the impairment to any one of these body parts can indeed affect us in a negative way.Our performance in our daily activities may be hampered, limiting our actions and, eventually, the way in which we live.

Yet one can hardly deny that there are some people out there who are still able to function properly with regard to their other activities. For instance, losing a left arm does not totally inhibit a person from, say, joining the marathon or taking a walk for office work. While it is true that the physically ‘complete’ individual is most preferred by any work organization, it does not follow that a physically disabled individual is good for nothing.The life of Helen Keller best exemplifies such thought. The society also deems emotional disabilities as forms of impairment to individuals regardless of age or gender.

Emotional traumas can indeed derail the everyday performance of a person as well as these impairments can also alter the perception of an individual towards his or her society. For instance, emotionally disturbed people may not be able to work at offices on a normal or preferred basis or study in classrooms even with the aid of books.As emotions become entangled with negative thoughts, it is most likely that the afflicted person may have distorted perceptions of the world. Yet it is certainly not the case that the emotionally disabled person has been deprived of any chance in succeeding in life. Emotional rehabilitation plays a significant role in bringing one’s emotions back to a stable level.

While a full emotional rehabilitation may be a hefty task to surmount, the fact that it is possible to ‘fix’ an emotionally disabled person suggests that it is all the more possible for the individual to pursue life and attain happiness.There are many ways to live past these disabilities and overcome the turmoil of being viewed by the society as an individual with very little function. On the contrary, disabilities, whether physical or emotional, can be capitalized as foundations for success and happiness even if these disabilities tend to cage afflicted individuals from living a normal life. A physically disabled person can train to do other tasks which do not make use of any impaired body part and learn to acquire useful lessons along the way.

The limp can still put up a small business such as a floral shop and the deaf can still learn computer skills and join online networks of friends. These are just some of the possibilities where disabled individuals can actively participate in some of society’s activities. Although the society may prefer people who are fully capable of completing duties and responsibilities especially in the office setting, it does not necessarily mean, however, that they are the only individuals who can live a successful and happy life.Even those with impairments can benefit from a happy and successful life, whether or not the society they live in is able to accept them for who they are. In fact, these impaired individuals can set the pace for themselves and acquire their goals and dreams with little or no help from the society.

They are still ‘active’ individuals who do not settle with passivity as the resolution to life’s challenges.