being independent: a look at high school and college


Saunders Secondary School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

this is part two in a two part series part one is found here

when i think of high school and college i see this time as a time of self growth and how I became independent. Up until now school was a lot for me about observation I sat and watched the world around me go by

.In secondary school my parents and I made the decision that I would attend the school in the next district over from where we lived. This was because the supports at that school were put in place and by this I mean there was enough support staff that I could use the washroom whenever I needed to not on others schedules.

By the end of high school I had gained enough independence and confidence in my balance to use the washroom totally independently this meant that I would be independent for the first time in my school career, at college.

in college it was refreshing for the first time ever I was independent no longer did I require the supports of an educational assistant to get through my school day now I could go about my day almost forgetting the form of movement I used was different then my peers.

I became independent in school by gaining confidence and using the supports that the school offered. In high school I felt like I was independent by using the supports available to me but I didn’t feel what it was like to be truly independent until college

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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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