Child’s Play or NOT! :(
I don’t have the answers but I have a question.
How does one incorporate a child with a physical disability into the school yard play? I think this is the plight of childhood disability; isolation
is an issue that no matter how hard one tries they can’t make other children to include the differently-abled child in their game. I remember during elementary school there was some school-wide outdoor event the details of which I don’t remember but what I do remember is the photo. A photo that day was taken from the roof of the school. There are small clusters of children participating in whatever the day’s event were, and off to the side sitting alone in a pink wheelchair is a little girl. I was and still have my moments of social invisibility the only reason I am even reliving this, is to help my little man monkey
, and mom Jo who I know struggles with what is life going to be like for her child. There are moments such as the one illustrated above that despite the best efforts of the adults in my life still happened. You know what? Looking back, and even now as I still mildly face isolation I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. I embrace my cerebral palsy to the fullest. Sure there were moments and frequently during college that I would be home alone on a Friday night. This isn’t to say that people dislike me; it’s just again how does one include me and my wheelchair into an evening out? My life isn’t lonely but it is isolating because people don’t think that they can transport me and all the stuff that that means like the wheelchair. Instead of asking me to meet them somewhere I just simply don’t get asked. Which, is probably why I am able to spend my days blogging. I spend hours online daily I wouldn’t if I was busier. I am unemployed at the moment and am volunteering but seriously folks. That isn’t to say I don’t have friends, because I do. The majority of my close friends well the ones I hang with regularly are disabled too. Am I unhappy? No certainly not, I am just being realistic.
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