Why blogging became a game changer for people with disabilities

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English: A Sennheiser Microphone (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I first began blogging, I didn’t know a thing about my craft, in fact everything I learned I learned from other bloggers. Bloggers who had come before me and in some cases were making a living by doing what they love, blogging.

One such blogger I came across was Jon Morrow. Jon’s story has always been an inspiration to me. In the early days it was Jon’s story that acted as motivation to keep me blogging.
As people with disabilities, we are always adapting to make things in our life work for us. When the world wasn’t designed for people with disabilities it makes us learn early how to become problem solvers.

I am always excited when I find something that I don’t have to adapt right out the box in order to participate in it. So obviously I was over the moon to discover that if I could type I could blog. The beauty is also in the fact that you don’t have to be able to use your hands to type. Both Jon and myself use dragon naturallyspeaking compose our blog posts. I still sometimes manually type if I am struggling to generate ideas to allow myself to listen to music or watch TV while I work. Several months ago I approached Jon to do this interview (which opens in a new window.)

Don’t let your disability be the only factor in deciding if you should try something or not. As the famous Canadian figure skater once said: “the only disability is a bad attitude.” has your disability ever stopped you from trying things? if you like this post why not sign up for my free mailing list

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

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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