I think I Can’t,I think I Can’t,but maybe I can?

I think perhaps the hardest part of having a disability is the attitudinal barriers placed on folks with disabilities by society, but have you ever given thought to the attitudinal barriers that you place on yourself?

Words like can’t in the context of disability, have a negative effect, I mean seriously, how do you know that you can’t do anything unless you’ve tried unsuccessfully first?

I think it’s common place for kids with disabilities to think quickly that they can’t do something, simply because they don’t think to problem solve it before they say they can’t do it. I think our world is so fast-paced at times it is simply easier for us to say we can’t, instead of taking the time to sort out and problem solve how we can do something, because the reality is with most situations, given the time to sort out how one is going to do it themselves is time consuming and sometimes exhausting because the reality is, our world wasn’t built with the first thought being the differentlyabled community.

As parents you need to remember that this is a source of frustration for your child. To say can’t first is easier for our special needs kids is the default for the reasons I have already stated.


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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 I think I Can’t,I think I Can’t,but maybe I can?

  1. Crip Video says:

    I think this is what one of my disabled friends was trying to explain to me. Thank you.

  2. Hunter Kelch says:

    I have a deaf brother and have cerebral palsy. I have a funny story so I had speech once and I was typing something and my speech therapist goes I didn’t know u could type and I thought, last time I checked typing doesn’t require feet. Lol

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