To understand a child’s special needs is to truly understand that every child is unique

To understand a child’s special needs is to truly understand that every child is unique. I struggle with the term “special needs” within my own life. I think because you have to remember this is all I have ever known. So therefore, I struggle to wrap the term special needs into my personal vocabulary, because well they are simply MY NEEDS.

That being said I do recognize that my cerebral palsy offers a vastly different view on life and has perhaps different challenges than most of you are familiar with, but I don’t like to think of them as special needs. I much rather prefer to think of myself as “differently-abled” because it may take me longer or I may have to do something to adapt a situation in my life, there is not much I can’t do.
I am an adult who has a disability, other than that my life is as normal and mundane as the next persons. I know that some of you may struggle with differently-abled and prefer to use special needs and I am ok with that. I have honestly never understood it within my own life, but I respect that some may be more comfortable with one term over another.

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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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