Myths About Disability and Social Interactions

I would like to dispel something things that I feel are myths about disability and social interactions. Growing up I was the only student in mainstream classes with a disability. Or rather, a viable one at least. I have struggled with feeling equal to my peers. It wasn’t that my peers were trying to leave me out or be mean in anyway.

Kids Means Well

I knew growing up that people meant well but the wheelchair was added element that people often over looked. It is hard sometimes to look past this and not take the social isolation as a personal a front. But generally the physical disability makes more of a limitation then I expected.The upside to this though, is that I am comfortable with my own company. I know how to entertain myself well and truthfully I don’t have moments where I enjoy the solitude. I think it takes a certain type of personality to be okay with their own company and as children this is for sure something that I developed. Do you enjoy your own solitude or doe you prefer the company of others?

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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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One Response to Myths About Disability and Social Interactions

  1. Glynis Jolly says:

    I have been on both sides of the fence. As an ‘able-bodied’ kid, I lived in a neighborhood that have several household where there was someone disabled in some way. Yes, the devices used so that life is a little easier and can be lived a little more fully do get in the way sometimes when it comes to being social. For instants, you cannot whisper into the ear of someone who is deaf, even if he/she is wearing the earring aid. Just the though of the device stops you from getting that close. Another example: you are not likely to put one arm around the shoulders of someone in a wheelchair. Again, the thought of the device stops you.

    Laura, I like my own company as well. In addition, I absolutely love the quiet when I am by myself.

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