I grew up with a label on my back, the label of being a person with a physical disability. There was no hiding the fact that I used wheels instead of feet to get around. Because of this, I was seen by default as different from my “able-bodied” peers. Society places emphasis on mobility aids for the elderly or ill populations so my peers had no understanding of why someone of their age and generally healthy would do such a thing. This disability label I have is called cerebral palsy. And the only thing that made me different from my peers was cerebral palsy. The word disability is not something I enjoy using to refer to myself. It puts the negative emphasis before the positive. If you take the dis out of disability you are simply left with the word ability. I feel like all to often people see the negative impacts of life with a disability before the positive. It’s my hope that I can offer my readers of my blog the idea that there is life after the label, life after the diagnosis. I have grown up to realize my own abilities not always on an academic level but sometimes on a social and helpful level. It would be helpful to me and others who have a disability and therefore live with any form of that label be it cerebral palsy such as me, or else. I write about cerebral palsy because that is all that I know. I have had opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if it not for the cerebral palsy
My cerebral palsy has given me a means to educate people on the social needs of people who have a disability. I don’t think people are aware of the social isolation that I feel come as part of the territory with a disability. It wasn’t uncommon for me to home alone on a Friday night when I was a student. It wasn’t that I was disliked by people. It was that people wouldn’t think to invite me out. Why? Because they didn’t know how transporting me and my wheelchair would work. I feel if we give appropriate education for everyone regardless if they are impactedby disability or not it would help. it amazes me and is part of the reason I started this blog is to g
ive the appropriate education especially as it relates to social stigmas and disability The appropriate education doesn’t need to stop with young children. appropriate education needs to happen. among adults
The need for appropriate education surrounding disability would in my opinion help with a lot of the social stigmas that they create,.One of the social stigmas that I face on an ongoing basis is social isolation. I strongly believe that social isolation is something that everyone needs to work on, every including the person face with the social isolation themselves. why are we just sitting by waiting for the social stigmas to go away why aren’t out there creating change to help remove those social stigmas all together
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