I think the key about self-image and disability is to know that you are worthy of all that is positive in your life. I know I have struggled in terms of friendship over the years to accept that people want to be my friend. This has been a struggle for me in part because of my mobility issues.
I think it’s safe to say, that people see my chair and other mobility equipment before they see the person who uses it. The exception to this a service dog people seem to gravitate to the fur ball at their side. In my own experience I had a taste of this in high school where my self-image and disability were impacted. My self-image increased and my disability seemed to dissolve almost before my eyes. How did I do this?
I didn’t, but the answer came in the four legged black fur ball; a black Labrador puppy that was being trained by a local service dog school, her puppy raiser was on staff at the high school and thought it would be good to expose the pup to various people with disabilities. I would walk with the puppy throughout the halls of the school and people who had never spoken to me would come up and get to know the dog and thus get to know me.
Do you feel your disability makes you feel invisible?
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