self-image and disability

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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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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2 Responses to self-image and disability

  1. Tyler Bennetts says:

    It’s a really good question, and the truthful answer is sometimes, but generally no! I have a very outgoing personality and refuse to be ignored, and I’m lucky in that in my job most folk readily accept me without problem.
    Socially it’s a little harder but again personality is my key.

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