smashing the walls of the isolation cage

Today’s post will focus on the topic of isolation. I was spurred on by the following article. Please read this first as this post then comments on it.

The article talks about a prevalent problem faced by people with disabilities. I’ve discovered, and this is strictly my opinion, that there are two ranks for people with disabilities. Those who suffer the plight of circumstance and therefore are isolated and those who “look” the same as the first category mentioned but seem to be embraced by their community socially. I can’t begin to tell you what the difference is, nor how to ensure you or your loved one are embraced into social gatherings.

I think isolation in part stems from societal problems as well; this said I still think it is the responsibility of the person feeling isolated to make an effort to change this. Society I feel, does somewhat of a disservice when places are inaccessible. By the same token, I DO recognize that with historic buildings and such that it isn’t always possible to make everything 100% accessible.

But seriously, I feel like society needs a lesson in terminology. When a potential patron calls to ask if your establishment is wheelchair accessible don’t answer YES, only to have them arrive at your business and be greeted by two flights of stairs just to get in the front door. People this is a very real example and has happened to me more than once. If we were all mindful maybe things wouldn’t be so confused in this regard?

What are your thoughts?

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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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2 Responses to smashing the walls of the isolation cage

  1. Laura says:

    Yes totally agree. I have not experienced anything to that extent but do understand the issues.

  2. Laura says:

    Is there a resource to learn more about adaptive aids for people with SCA? I’m making some life decisions and want to ascertain what the rest of my life will look like with the help of adaptive aids.

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