How do you feel blogging enables individuals with disabilities?
It gives us a voice. When you have a disability, it’s easy to feel like you’re an outsider, kind of pushed into the corner where no one really expects you to say or contribute much. With blogging though, you have a platform to say exactly what you think about anything you want, and if you’re a good writer, people will pay attention.
Also, I think more people with movement-related disabilities should consider blogging as a potential career. You can do it from home on your computer, and there are assistive devices to make it possible for almost anyone to do it.
What is one piece of advice you would give to others with disabilities when confronting new challenges?
Stop thinking of yourself as disabled. Yes, you have a disability, but it doesn’t define who you are. It also doesn’t make you any different from anyone else. Every human being on the planet struggles with something. Our struggles are just a little more pronounced than others.
Once you have that mindset, continue forward as any rational, problem-solving person would. Really think about what you’re trying to accomplish. And then take steps to make it happen.
Can you share three things you want parents of children with disabilities to understand in order to support their children attempting unconventional career paths like blogging?
1. Your child is no different from any other child. They have strengths and weaknesses, good days and bad days, and other ups and downs. Treat them as such.
2. Expect them to succeed. Never let them see your doubt or concern they may not be able to do something. And never, ever allow your child to use their disability as an excuse.
3. Surround them with mentors. Most people will be impressed how they are working so hard to overcome obstacles and will be overjoyed to help in any way they can. Take as much of that help as possible, building a network around your child of people who push them to succeed.
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