social isolation and cerebral palsy can be helped by social media

social isolation can be helped by social media

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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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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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2 Responses to social isolation and cerebral palsy can be helped by social media

  1. Glynis Jolly says:

    Ever since 1999 when I first got online, I’ve been using the Internet to collect friendships. With the limitations from my stroke, the Internet has provided a way to get around them. Even with chat, all I have to do is explain my limitations with typing fast and whoever I am chatting with is accommodating and wait patiently for my replies. My life is much fuller now than it ever was before.

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