Interview with Jon Morrow

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.
About the Author: Jon Morrow is the CEO of Boost Blog Traffic, LLC. If you’d like to speak to him, click here.
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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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Interview with Jon Morrow — 2 Comments

  1. Thanks very much for this wonderful blog post, Laura. I have used Jon’s “52 Headline Hacks” many times for my role at a law firm (that works on cerebral palsy cases), and had no idea that he was living with it himself!

    I recently received an email from him thanking his subscribers, where he mentioned he had to leave the US for a time due to medical costs – he made it back home and I guess that’s just a sign of the strength and commitment of the man.

    I’ve shared this interview on my company’s Twitter, Facebook & Google+ pages, I think it deserves a few hits from this side of the pond.

    Keep up the good work!

  2. Thanks very much for this wonderful blog post, Laura. I have used Jon’s “52 Headline Hacks” many times for my role at a law firm (that works on cerebral palsy cases), and had no idea that he was living with it himself!

    I recently received an email from him thanking his subscribers, where he mentioned he had to leave the US for a time due to medical costs – he made it back home and I guess that’s just a sign of the strength and commitment of the man.

    I’ve shared this interview on my company’s Twitter, Facebook & Google+ pages, I think it deserves a few hits from this side of the pond.

    Keep up the good work and best wishes,

    Craig

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