the role of an attendant for me as adult

In my last post I wrote about the role of an attendant for teens with adolescents. Today I still have an attendant, and although they still play a part in my life the role and the people who fulfill it has changed over the years.

Today it isn’t about building a sense of social inclusion the role is helping me achieve a sense independence. I realized early in my life that my sense of independence for me is not defined by if I can do something solely for myself but knowing that it is okay to ask for help. Frankly, I could probably many of the tasks that the attendant does for me. For example, I could probably wash dishes, but honestly, honestly it is easier to have the attendant do it for me. This isn’t the fact that I am lazy it is simply these things that the attendant do for me would probably take longer than you can imagine. So it would simply be much easier and allow me to free up energy to do other things that I enjoy. My attendants now help with personal care, meal prep and light cleaning. It is interesting to me that I have noted that some see me as independent so therefore think it is somehow lazy on my part to have an attendant help me

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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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3 Responses to the role of an attendant for me as adult

  1. brenda vidal says:

    Great blog, I have a friend with cerebal palsy. I would like to comment about your post on attendant for adults. It’s wrong to think you, or anyone, is lazy in getting help even when they CAN do things. Your comment that it frees you to do other things also applies to many others with different illnesses, for example ME, Fibromyalgia, where there is limited energy resources so sometimes help is needed for basic chores so the sufferer can have the energy to enjoy other activities. It’s not laziness, it’s managing your own health requirements.

  2. Gin says:

    How does one become an attendant? Is there an organization through which one can volunteer, or pick up a part-time assignment? Is it something that requires a certification of some sort? Pardon the questions, I have difficulty finding information on the topic. :)

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