Self Advocacy

Note: see this earlier entry

The greatest gift I have ever been given is the tools to advocate for myself.

 It started with the teachings of a woman whom I hugely respect. She is a teacher by profession, whose job it is to act as a support net for students with physical disabilities. She had been a huge part of my educational career since grade two and I chose to go to the high school which she was based out of instead of my geographically intended one because the supports at hers were greater.

By the time I was ready to graduate high school I unknowingly had learned how to advocate for myself. It was tought in such a way that I wasn’t even aware  I had learned it until six months into college. The  first time  I ran into a minor conflict in the classroom at the college, my safety nets were gone. I had to sink or swim. I chose to swim and never stopped swimming. In fact in my last year of college I was the president of one of the student run groups on campus.

First lesson in self advocacy: ask for help, but when you do, MAKE SURE you really DO need the support.

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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One Response to Self Advocacy

  1. Adelaide says:

    “Keep on swimming!”

    It’s great when we have someone in our lives.

    A lot of us can’t or don’t choose where we go to school.

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