5 Perceptions I Have About Social Stigma, Disability and Teenagers

I have done my best to list 5 Perceptions I Have About Social Stigma, Disability with regard to teenagers

1. Being with someone with a visible disability is un-cool
2. If I am friends with ____ what will my friends think of me because me new friend has a disability?
3. Youth get enjoyment from excluding their peers with disabilities (I have come to realize as I got older that this wasn’t done intentionally nor was there enjoyment from it –just what was perceived)
4. Kids think it would be fun to have a wheelchair – if only they knew how lonely, difficult, Etc socially sometimes
5. Somehow people compare academic intelligence with disability assuming that if I have done something successfully that it therefore must have been easy. (I actually had a classmate say that to my face in college after completing certification exams)

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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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3 Responses to 5 Perceptions I Have About Social Stigma, Disability and Teenagers

  1. Kate says:

    Yeah, I never thought about #3– I think you are right that it was not intentional, but it kind of seemed that way at the time. I guess I just never admitted it to myself! An interesting post for sure.

  2. Hannah Adler says:

    I am so happy to know that as a girl who has cerebral palsy you havve the courage to put this blog and everything you wrote is so true you are such an inspiration I have watched your videos and read your blog for the past 5 months I love you

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