speaking: I am only one story and voice

I began public speaking

Speak up, make your voice heard

Speak up, make your voice heard (Photo credit: HowardLake)

when I was a teenager: I was acting as the local Easter Seal Society spokesperson and I felt that I had found my true calling. It is said that public speaking is the number one phobia, next to the fear of death. For me it’s something I truly love to do.


After my time with Easter Seals I began public speaking. I shared my story about living with cerebral palsy and how I don’t let it define who I am. Okay, yes it is a part of me and sure it does have some bearing on how I get through my day in a physical sense. It has also shaped my character and probably my perceptions of the world as well but not in a bad way simply in a way that offers me a unique perspective. This perspective wouldn’t be present in my life if it not for cerebral palsy and my use of my wheelchair. It is this perspective that I gently attempt to share when speaking. I am happy if something I have said has left a positive impact and food for thought to those I am speaking to. I know I am only one story and voice but I feel like that is my gift.

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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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