You might think you have to be a trained specialist or physical therapist to help a disabled child, but these kids need help from people in all occupations. You can be a musician or an equestrian trainer -- or just be sincere in your desire to volunteer help.
Disabled children can sometimes be challenging to work with because helping them requires a lot of attention. But the end result can be just as rewarding as other volunteer opportunities, if not more so.
If you don't know where to start, The Arc is one of the world's largest disability organizations. It has approximately 140,000 members in more than 780 chapters [source: The Arc]. Volunteer opportunities exist at most local chapters, simply contact your local chapter for more information. Curious about what you might be volunteering to do? Among the many volunteer options, you could be asked to chaperone a dance, gather resource and referral information or act as a volunteer advocate within The Arc's guardianship program.
In addition to looking for organized local volunteer opportunities, you can make your search even more localized by looking to your circle of friends. Perhaps you or your friends know someone who has a disabled child and needs a helping hand.
Maybe you can't invest as much volunteering time as you want to or maybe you want to do something in addition to donating your time. If so, there are many charitable organizations focused on helping disabled children that you can support, such as the Disabled Children's Relief Fund (DCRF). This non-profit 501(c)(3) organization helps children throughout the United States by providing funding for physical therapy, surgery, eyeglasses, hearing aids, orthopedic braces and other medical equipment [source: DCRF].
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