The person behind

The people who have been advising lifeofthedifferentlyabled about her blog have told her that she needs to give a face and a name to her blog so I am going to introduce you to her.

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Her name is Laura Forde and she is twenty four years old.  She was born very prematurely (almost twenty three weeks gestation and weighing 1lbs 3oz or 530g)  and has spent her entire life in a wheelchair.  She has spent a somewhat isolated childhood because people do not know how to interact with difference.  She has grown into a spunky and determined adult.  She graduated highschool as an Ontario Scholar (something we never dreamed would happen) and then she went to Conestoga College here in Ontario where she got her diploma in Office Administration Executive. As Laura advanced in her school years she became more independent in her ability to do the school work.  In her high school years (while still involved with Easter Seals) Laura was nominated for a Woman of the Year award which she won in the youth category. Laura is an outgoing and social young woman.  She is kind and has a great sense of humour.  Now you have met her.

Update from October 2011 From Laura herself

I am looking to start speaking more about my life with cerebral palsy. click here to learn more

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16 Responses to The person behind

  1. Tamara says:

    Nice to see you Laura. Insight. honesty, feeling. Impressive. Well done!
    We’ ll feature it when the tech stuff is done. Beautiful pic!

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    thanks for the complement Tamara

  3. Bonnie Cameron says:

    Hello Laura,

    Thanks for responding to the blog of Lillian Grace-my great niece. It was kind of you to reach out! It sounds like you have done well for yourself–you are admirable!



  4. Jen in Oz says:

    Nice to meet you. I loved reading about your documentary in high school. I didn’t go to school with any specially talented people but I did have a friend as an adult with CP who managed to live on her own and have a great sense of humour. She would always excuse her weirdness by saying she didn’t have Cerebral Palsy, she was just constantly pissed. In Oz that means she was always acting like she was drunk. For her it was a great way to laugh at herself while still taking herself seriously. She taught me a lot about accepting yourself, weaknesses and strengths, and that with humour you can even make what appear to be weaknesses into something neutral at least, even if it can’t be a strength.

  5. Samantha says:

    Hey Laura,

    ( though this message is rather delayed) I just wanted to tell you what an amazing woman you are! You are bringing a community of people together, moving toward understanding and learning. It takes a lot to write about one’s experiences and thoughts for everyone to see, and I think it’s wonderful how you use your mind and experiences to help other people. I marvel at your strength.

    I miss the both of you!

    Lots of Love,


  6. Samantha says:

    P.S Love this picture <3

  7. Sarah Tonen says:

    You are a neat (as in cool, swell, fab, wonderful) person. You are also one of those “inspirations” people like to talk about!

    Maybe you could do a post sometime about what your specific challenges are–you are in a wheelchair, yes, but do you have upper body strength? How much? How is your reach/ability to grasp, that kind of thing? If not so good, how do you compensate?

    Are you “confined” to the chair, or can you walk short spurts with a walker?

    You are not, of course, obligated to share, because it is not our business, but dealing with specific issues (like you did so well with the “wheelchair jeans” post) is helpful to others.

    • lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

      wheelchair jeans which post were you meaning
      thank you for your ideas I will for sure do my best to answer your questions

  8. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    nice to meet you as well

  9. Hi Janie
    welcome to my blog- I recently movedd out of my parents house and live with a roommate no i am not 100% reliant on others for care. I am just wondering how you found my blog

  10. Spashionista says:

    Hi Laura,
    I found your blog through a picture on Pinterest. You sound like an incredible young woman. I look forward to reading more about you. I also have CP and you are welcome to check out my blog or write to me directly :-)

  11. Hi Julia thank you so much for your comment I hope you will come back here often and share my blog with others :)

  12. Shelley says:

    Hey!!! I was your driver a few weeks ago. I just want to say thank you for your blog. I enjoy learning about your journey considering my daughter has CP as well. hope to see you soon.

  13. Ashley Moore says:

    hi does anyone have an adult kaye walker size W4L that they longer need as i am in need of one for free or at a cheap price i dont mind if its got a bit of wear and tear on it as longs the frame is still good to use thanks.

  14. Amar says:

    Hi Laura ,

    wonderful post your article. Thanks

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