The Bridge Over Isolation Waters

English: A pedestrian bridge over the River Wi...

English: A pedestrian bridge over the River Windrush in Bourton-on-the-Water. (Photo credit:image by Saffron Blaze via Wikipedia)

I grew up in a world, where I was perceived as different. That being said, I know that this sense of difference I’ve felt over the years has being a driving force in how my experiences were shaped. Being that my disability is visible and there is simply no hiding it, much of my socialization occurs online. I think this is because it levels the playing field.

The online environment may seem impersonal to many, but for me personally I feel like it actually makes social interaction easier. People seem less intimidated by me because my wheelchair has been almost eliminated. They, in a sense, forget about the cerebral palsy staring back at them and get to know me for my character and personality. Whereas, in the real world, they probably would be too shy to approach me.
That all sounds great in theory, but I have often wondered how to make people more at ease around me. I don’t have the answers, nor do I ever expect to have them in full. I wish there was a way to make face-to-face communication easier for me and others whose disabilities make this a challenge.



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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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