The role of an attendant for teenagers with disabilities


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Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of attendants in my life. Over the years the role of the attendant in my life has changed and honestly, I have grown right along with it. This is the first post in a two part series. This post will look at the teen years and the role the attendant played in my life.

 What is role of an attendant for teenagers with disabilities?

The role of an attendant for teenagers with disabilities is an interesting one. In my case the role of an attendant for me when I was a teenager was to get me out of the house doing normal teenager things like going out to the mall or what have you.

Learning what independence meant when I had  an attendant

For me, I was a teenager who wanted to get out and about and due to physical limitation this was a challenge, but I realize that this wasn’t impossible  I just had to be okay with adapting. Adapting for me simply meant finding an attendant who was willing to go out with me and do the social things that are simply uncool to do with your mom.

Does the role of an attendant play a part in your personal definition of independence? How do you define independence in your own life? When did you get your first attendant how old were you?


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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 role of an attendant for teenagers with disabilities

  1. Allison says:

    I am still learning how to adapt to independence. I require attendants and caregivers. Do you have any suggestions about being independent while you have an attendant, especially at school?

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