remember we are all individuals

Perception is a weird thing.  Growing up my peers struggled to understand how me there classmate with a physical disability was in mainstream classes. I think this came in part because there was a program for students who had what I perceive as complex physical and cognitive disabilities and because of this my peers automatically grouped me in the same category also.

I understand that disability can in its very nature be a complex thing and that each case like each individual is unique. Knowing this then I ask why we are grouping each other in to any category at all that simply doesn’t make sense, does it.  Even as a kid I wondered why my peers grouped me in any category what was the point. Why can’t our abilities be celebrated for what they are and we be allowed to be the unique person that we are why does my being in a wheelchair automatically group me in with the rest of society who uses that as their means of functional movement?

I guess my simple request is to remember that everyone is unique and lets take a moment to celebrate everyone’s unique talents and gifts

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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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One Response to remember we are all individuals

  1. Samantha says:

    I think that may be – at least for me- the most frustrating thing about having a physical disability… People categorize most people with physical disabilities into the same group. I can’t count how many times I have had people try to talk to me as though I am child simply because I limp. You make a really good point Laura. We all, whether disabled or not, have different abilities and should not have any sort of stereotype that places us into a particular group.

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