the social impact of the internet

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.

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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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One Response to the social impact of the internet

  1. Samantha says:

    Although I respect why you feel that way and it is ultimately what you are more comfortable with, I dealt with being in a wheelchair with a more ” in your face” approach. I have always felt, that making people realize that I am a big personality- the chair included was a big part of blending in and helped elimate some of the sterotypes and stigmas that i had to deal with. i feel that if people wished to see the chair before getting to know me or at the same time then it was on them and not me.

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