How to work with disabled scouts
Scouting is a movement that aims to support young people in their physical, mental and spiritual development. Scouting helps children to develop their focus and survival skills.
If a Scout or Scouter has any of the following disabilities, then these ideas may be of help.
Never move the wheelchairs or crutches of Scouts or Scouters with physical disabilities out of their reach as they often consider their equipment as an important part of their bodies.
Before you book a field trip, make sure the location has accessible facilities and aids like ramps and handrails for disabled Scouts or Scouters.
Offer them assistance, but give help only if it is required.
Have a face-to-face communication with deaf Scouts or Scouters.
If the deaf person doesn’t understand, don’t shout. Try to use visual ways to explain what you want to communicate if you don’t know sign language.
If the visually impaired Scout or Scouter wants help with guidance, allow him or her to hold on to your arm.
Volunteer information by reading aloud signs, news, changing street lights and others. When you stop helping, it is important to inform them that you are leaving.
Be understanding and patient when it comes to dealing with Scouts or Scouters with disabilities. Give them extra time (if required) to understand things around them and be supportive of their needs.