friendship and belonging when you have a disability

Have you ever stopped to think why your friendship is strong why it makes you feel like you belong? As humans we all have a need that I feel is often over looked, the need to belong. When you are faced with something that makes you visibly different that sense of belonging. that need to belong that in my opinion is one of the hardest parts of having a visible, physical disability.

So, how do we make the disability secondary to the person. How do we help our children understand their peers and classmates that may have limitations different from their own? I don’t expect to have the answers, or claim that I do. I just hope that some of the issues surrounding social exclusion that I faced, whether perceived or otherwise can be avoided for someone in similar situations now. The goal of this blog is to educate but it is also my hope that if something I say can make someone’s life that much easier then I have succeeded The need for friendship and to belong is important for all so how do we over come this? I only speak from my experiences of life I have always had one close friendship often someone who was able bodied which helped with my sense of belonging despite my disability This was the reason that in high school I decided to make that documentary about my life with cerebral palsy a disability that I feel gave me a unique perspective of the social fabric that makes up ones sense of belonging and contributed to how I perceived my peers and therefore probably changed how I went about forming my friendships
This is the first part in a series about ways to create social inclusion for people with a disability because we all have a need for belonging and the ability to form friendship. I know that for me though my close friendship throughout life although the number of them may be considered small they were strong and many of them are still in my life today

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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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