up up and away may not be ok?

Flying with a disability

Tonight whilst reading a fellow cerebral palsy blog,

I am reminded how much I hate snow, how much I would love to travel and the anxieties that come from the very thought of that concept. I’ve heard far too many horror stories from my friends. I wish to think that some of these stories are simply folk lore but I am not so sure sometimes.

Take for example, having to get out of your chair to walk for the security personnel or various damages that can come from stowing the chair below with the luggage.  I for one would be totally at a loss without MY chair. I have come to take for granted my moulded seating that keeps my posture correct and makes general sitting less physically exhausting. To quote my hairstylist when I was transferring from my chair into the salon chair for the cut “move your moulded ass” needless to say I laugh every time I transfer!

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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

Comments

up up and away may not be ok? — 2 Comments

  1. It is sad that you are allowing the horror stories of others to influence your travel. Travel is a wonderful thing and many people with disabilities travel with no problems at all.

    Snow is a different story – yes that sucks in a wheelchair!!!

  2. I think you could do it. There is a beautifully world out there and go an see it. Even if you hear stores, you should think of what good can come from it. I know when I traveled. I saw people in chairs and everything look fine. Don’t limit your shelf just because of stores and what people say. Go like on a small trip and see how it goes. I know when I went to Hawaii and saw so many beautiful thing. It made me think and say””what a beautiful world we have and to see it was breathtaking”. The feeling is indescribable.

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