The Social Impact Of The Disability Community

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June’s disability blog carnival topic is: Community

The camp effect

I find that in the community where I live and other parts of Ontario (I am Canadian) we tend to know a lot of the same disabled folk even if they don’t live in the same geographic area. Or, if I don’t know the person in question directly we inevitably know someone who knows said person.

What’s the cause of this?

The answer to that question seems simple: CAMP! To my knowledge Ontario only has a few camps that specifically specialize in having the bulk of their campers with physical disabilities. Because of this, people tend to flock to these camps from all over the province and thus you get the above mentioned effect.

I always loved camp you always ended up meeting interesting folks who often had the same disability. In my case meeting others with cerebral palsy only has expanded my social circles.

The blogging community

It seems weird to admit this, but in starting lifeofthedifferentlyabled.com I have learned more technical and non-technical information about cerebral palsy then I ever thought possible.

Some questions I have for you

  • How does the disabled community offline impact you or your child?
  • How does the disabled community online impact you or your child?

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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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5 Responses to The Social Impact Of The Disability Community

  1. I think, too, the number of people with disabilities is remarkably few in this day and age. I have a fairly wide circle of friends and I still only sort of knew one person with a physical disability and even today I only know a few young kids with CP in Portland. It’s just rare.
    That’s why online is so great, we can all connect with each other even if we’re very far apart.

  2. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    I couldn’t agree more Shasta thank you for your comment I write this to bring people together and share my experience as I am a lot older then many of the kids whos parents may be reading this at least that’s my perception

  3. Glynis Jolly says:

    I think that offline, there isn’t much impact for me. Why I don’t know. I just don’t know very many people when I walk out the door that are disabled. On online there’s a little more impact but not a lot. Being disabled isn’t much of an issue to having friends online.

  4. lifeofthedifferentlyabled says:

    yes I agree with you re online friends with disabilities glynis how do you locate friends online with disabilities?

  5. Pingback: Building Community Prevents Loneliness | In my eyes my life with cerebral palsy

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