2 eye-opening keys to being included

When we all think about the latest party we attended we most think about what a great time they had or what they did in terms of planning, if they hosted but have you ever stopped to think about if your event or party encourage an environment where everyone is included?My experience says that you initial reaction will be of course everyone is welcome and your heart is in the right place but before you truly answer that question stop step back from the emotion of it and keep reading,

The Eye-Opening Truth about Being Included with a Disability

The reality of life with a disability especially a physical one, is that a lot of pre-planningIs required in order to participate in events outside one’s normal day to day routine. This is especially true, if you aren’t the one hosting.The two main areas require preplanning are:

1. Accessibility: Means Being Included

Obviously, considering a venues accessibility isn’t something that one consciously think unless you have a reason to, my family for example is very mindful of accessibility because it has been part of their day to day lives with me around

2 Adaptation Allows Everyone to Be Included

Recognizing that not all venues are accessible, and sometimes that simply can’t be avoided as in the case of private homes being flexible and willing to adapt our key ingredients to ensuring that everyone is included. I have a friend for example, who carries a portable ramp this allows him access to virtually any environment, or at least partial access is he can get to the main floor of most venues this way.

So, the next time you are planning an event please be mindful of how accessibility and adaption can mean whether someone can literally be included and attend your event or not.

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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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