How healthcare providers can support youth with disabilities Back to Tips and tools Share this tip sheet: For Health-care Providers Ways you can support kids and youth with disabilities reach their goals DOWNLOAD THIS PDF Understand that disability is part of life and should not be viewed as inherently tragic or inspirational. Expect a lot from kids and youth with disabilities when helping them create good lives. Listen and actively seek input from kids and youth with disabilities in goal setting and decision making. Encourage kids and youth with disabilities to take calculated risks to achieve their goals. Plan examination and treatment spaces to accommodate supportive equipment. Discuss with kids and youth with disabilities what they like to do and incorporate those activities in their treatment and home programs. Support a healthy balance between therapeutic goals and other life goals. Help kids and youth learn how to communicate with others about their disability and advocate for their needs and goals when they choose. Build on strengths and goals rather than focusing exclusively on disability. Celebrate differences!