Cerebral Palsy Employment Situation

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Employment issues continue to be an issue in today’s society, especially for those with notable disabilities. I say a notable disabilities because some people have invisible disabilities or aren’t even aware they have some form of disability yet. But, if you do know you have a disability it makes trying to find a job, or some form of gainful employment a challenge.

I struggled when I graduated college to find work because as much as I was equally qualified as my peers, I felt that employers were less likely to accommodate the adaptations I required in order to be gainfully employed.

I started blogging as a hobby and have learned so much from my readers,, and it has afforded me cool opportunities that I otherwise wouldn’t have experienced.

I like working online, because if I can type on a computer or dictate I can work at the same level as someone else doing the same job, and I am in an environment physically that is set up for my needs already. So there is less need to adapt by putting up grab bars etc.

I recognize that blogging is not for everyone. I started as a hobby and it kind of blew up. Blogging takes a certain level of self-discipline and dedication, especially in the beginning. When I first started, I was working a normal full time job and doing this for fun in my spare time. In the beginning, I’m not gonna lie and tell you that you get floods of traffic, because of the reality is in the beginning it was discouraging.

I think as someone with a disability it is important to realize that you may run into struggles finding employment and to recognize that you may have to think outside the box and perhaps utilize online ideas to become employed.

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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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One Response to Cerebral Palsy Employment Situation

  1. I understand what you mean because my disability is visible. However I think in some ways having an invisible disability is harder. I have met people with invisible brain injuries who constantly try to balance their needs while trying to figure out when or even if they should reveal their impairment for fear of others judging them.

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