Ideas for overcoming social isolation

The reality of living with a physical disability for me has been that I relate to the world differently.

I feel like that difference created a sense of isolation for me and I am sure others who have faced it. What has worked for you in terms of overcoming it I welcome your thoughts? Let’s start a discussion

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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 Ideas for overcoming social isolation

  1. Samantha says:

    As a ten year old kid having just come out of a rehabilitation hospital, switching to an “ordinary school” was down right scary. I had no idea that making friends would be so difficult or that people would look at me as though I had the plague for the first little while,I soon did. I think that, that in itself was so shocking to me. Formally I had been able to walk without assistance, but now I was in a chair and I couldn’t understand why people would stare or feel nervous in talking to me… In my eyes some people are able to do somethings and others are not- those were always my views even when I did not have a disability. Long story short, I would not settle for people feeling sorry for me or even being slightly afraid to approach me. I made a point to break those social barriers and soon I found that those barriers slowly evaporated. Mind you, they never evaporated completely, but I found that the more social I was the more comfortable people were around me ( Not everyone, but for the most part). I believe it is all about opening yourself up, and getting them more aware.

  2. Samantha says:

    ( Sorry I pressed post by accident before I had completed the message) I dealt with social Isolation by approaching the issue in a straight-forward manner. but then I also had to accept that some people would not accept me. People would stare.. people would be afraid to approach me… That saying is always there in the back of my mind ” People are afraid of the unfamiliar”. I accepted what I couldn’t change, and changed what I could.

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