Holiday Ideas that reduce stress When You Have a Disability

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When we think of the holidays it all conjures up memories of grandeur for many of us. But when you have a physical disability the holidays can also be slightly stressful due to accessibility. Over the years, I have come up with a solution to this problem that works for me and  I would like to take the time to share it with you.

As a child, I spent the holidays with my grandparents and their houses respectively, were not all that accessible. One had an extremely small narrow bathroom on the main floor. And the others house was in a valley which meant I had to walk from the driveway down a flight of stone steps just to get to the house.

As I got older and physically bigger moving from the car to the house in the Valley in the snow became increasingly a challenge, but nothing we can’t overcome with a little forethought and creativity. I have many memories of being pulled down the hill beside the steps on a toboggan. I feel like with a little ingenuity and patience most problems of physical limitations have a solution.


With the holidays just around the corner, the forethought that I mentioned above comes into play. If accessibility is an issue for you, and getting into people’s houses can be an issue for you as well, continue reading this post as I’m going to discuss the solution I have come up with.


If your house currently suits your needs, why not consider hosting your holiday festivities this year. This will allow you to stay in the environment that you are comfortable with, while not missing out on holiday festivities.

I hear what you are all thinking: “but Laura, all that work involved is stressful” yes, perhaps it is but doing it this way reduces the stress on one’s body and you don’t end up exhausted by the end of the evening.

It took me years to figure out in my own life that, it was a physically that it was less taxing on my body to stay in the environment that was set up for me over Christmas. This meant there was no traipsing out in the snow, which causes my muscles to be very tight. Especially in the winter I prefer to have events as opposed to attending events because it is easier on my body physically.

So if this is something of concern to you and you are able to host a small gathering it may be useful for you to do so because my experiences is that you will conserve your energy by hosting.

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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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