How College Was Different From High School

A bathroom in the Beamish Museum near Durham, ...

A bathroom in the Beamish Museum near Durham, United Kingdom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I chose the high school I attended, based on the supports I would need. Before high school, school life: and more specifically my bathroom visits were scheduled around when I had an educational assistant available. My educational assistant also acted as my hands in the classroom; taking my notes and assisting with assignments and exams

.I was lucky that there were 4 full time assistants which meant I could use the wash room as needed and actually that was one of the deciding factors in picking that school, as my neighborhood one wasn’t equally equipped. It would have meant waiting again until someone was available. Thankfully, late into my high school career I figured out the balance needed to be able to use the bathroom completely independently. I am thankful because having friends who needed similar supports to use the wash room. In college if you had an educational assistant and required help in the wash room that wash room supports came in the form of personal care attendants which means a scheduled life yet again.
I have had lovely personal care attendants over the years but I have come to decide that there is not much in the way of being spontaneous if you have a disability

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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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