Have you ever stopped to think about the impact of social media creating an environment of social inclusion? Not many people have, and truth is that I hadn’t either. If you have been a long time reader of this blog you may remember a post I wrote about a documentary that was created in my high school days addressing my life with cerebral palsy. There is a bit about social isolation in that video. This was something that I had struggled with until I understood how I could use social media to reduce isolation and improve my sense of social inclusion.
Use social media to reduce isolation and increase social inclusion
I know I have written about this a lot, but I feel it is important because honestly I love the fact that being in front of the computer eliminates any perceived notions people may have about a visible disability. If someone had a chance to get to know me before they knew about the wheelchair I truly believe they would have a better understanding of my character, and be less hung up by any awkwardness they feel around me because of my wheelchair.
By removing my mobility device from the social setting it allows a person to get to know me as a person, and not discourage them to get to know me as they might if they saw the chair. I am interested to know if you think by removing the mobility from social settings it improves one’s ability to get to know another by reducing the awkwardness of the situation. I am also interested to know what your personal experience is with this.
Please share your thoughts comments and experiences in the comments section below. Let’s start a discussion here about how we can make social interaction with a disability easier for all.