how to access recreational services without pulling out your hair?

how to access recreational services without pulling out your hair?

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I don’t know of a kid with cerebral palsy who will openly tell you they like physical therapy and while we hate it the stretching of our muscles is simply a part of life.

I did physical therapy in many forms over the years, some of which didn’t even feel like therapy. When I was 18 I quit physical therapy and instead opted for yoga. I can’t actually pinpoint why I enjoy yoga more than physical therapy, but I always have. It’s funny to me that I have such an opinion because they both involve stretching, but I do. At one point when looking for a new yoga instructor a few said, but I am not a physical therapist. It frustrates me that one’s reaction isn’t willing to work with me (don’t you think I know my body well enough) to say something like, but I am not a physical therapist – if I wanted to do physical therapy I have almost way too much access to such professionals. I think a lot of people are afraid of what they don’t understand and instead of seeing my physical limitations as something to work with, they see it as something to fear and in the case when I was looking for a new yoga instructor I was met with the reaction of but I am not a physical therapist I would rather you point blank say that you would not be comfortable working with me for whatever reason that assume that you can’t provide the service I am looking for. The yoga example is one of a few different cases when I tried to join a gym at one point I was told I would have pay for a personal trainer because of my disabiiity I wish there was a way to make people realize that just because I might need some adaptation to participate in some form of physical activity doesn’t mean that I am looking for a physical therapist. If I wanted and/or needed such service I know how to access one. Have you run into such road blocks in your own life? I would love to hear about them, share them in the comments below

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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 how to access recreational services without pulling out your hair?

  1. Crip Video says:

    I wanted to try martial arts when I was 12 and got this reaction. When I tried again at 21 I was taken seriously.

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