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4 Tips for Volunteers Who Work With People With Disabilities

If you are the parent of someone with a disability, when introduced to someone while in the company of your child (very frequently), their expression tends to switch to “poor thing” mode (poor mom and/or poor child/teen/adult).

Back home in Venezuela, during almost three decades of non-profit involvement, I worked with many volunteers of all ages. Our oldest and most popular program was “Jugando Juntos” or “Playing Together.” It was a quarterly socialization event that brought together children and teens with and without disabilities.

Our volunteers were responsible for setting up the venue, organizing the fun activities and picking up the mess at the end! This photo is from one of those events (a field day).

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