All my life I have struggled with talking to my friends. I know I am not alone with the social isolation that cerebral palsy can create, but have you ever stopped to think how social media can help? It is something that I certainly wasn’t aware of, until now. Of course this is only my opinion, but it did work for me.
When I was 13 I came across an article about Ability Online and was fascinated by it. After signing up I was in awe of like-minded people from around the world who understood disability because they either had it themselves or their child did.
The community I built by remembering that social isolation and cerebral palsy can be helped by social media.
I was a little skeptical of the concept: of being able to form meaningful relationships online, but I actually did. One of my online friends had attended camp. She ended up moving to my hometown, and another friend that we had in common decided to invite us to get together. I think it was safe to say everyone assumed we knew each other because we had corresponded for over ten years online. I do believe that the online community can help social isolation, and that is a little proof.
How do you overcome social isolation in your own life? What tips do you have? I welcome anything you may have to say about this topic.
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