Transitioning to adulthood

Transitioning to adulthood is a challenge for anyone but i think there is an added facet when you have a disability especially when you rely on personal support workers to help you through out the day.

I moved out in my 20s and it was a transition to say the least i was thrown into a world of directing my own care and having complete strangers assist me and having to show them how i like things done. It was an adjustment to go from family support to hired support. My family knows how i like things whereas now i have to be aware that there staff aren’t mind readers. Granted over time the staff begin to learn how I like things and can predict to some degree but that comes after a while.

What areas of transitioning have you struggled with?

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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 Transitioning to adulthood

  1. Crip Video says:

    One of my biggest annoyances was pressure from other people to fit their mold or idea of “independence” when becoming an adult. I had to find my own grove and listen to my own instincts instead of listening to people who did not know my body. Ironically most of the pressure came from other disabled folks LOL.

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