using the digital world to overcome social isolation

The reality is we all use technology daily in fact, I think it would be really hard to get away from, with how much it is used in our modern world. In this post I want to talk about how to overcome social isolation by using technology.

Kids often feel excluded by their peers, either physically because of an inability to keep up during play or because they struggle with communication and the patience of their peers is tested in order to get their message across.

For adults this can also be an issue. Sure the social implications can occur, but as an adult I feel it to a lesser degree. The most common problem faced by adults is difficulty in getting employment. I think it’s sad, that otherwise capable adults are not given work because of how they get around. Really?

I think in the case of kids, in my opinion the main reason kids deal with social isolation is because their peers struggle to stay patient enough to wait until they are done communicating.

I also think kids struggle when it comes to feeling included in play, where the game revolves around physical movement because they feel they cannot keep up; at least in my case I never felt like I could keep up and as a result in these situations I struggled to feel like I fit in.

I think one of the barriers for adults with disabilities is accessing gainful employment. It has been my experience that if you have a disability, you will most likely struggle to find employment. It is my perception that this because employers will take the able bodied person over someone with a disability who has the same qualifications will most likely not be chosen.

My perception of society in terms of disability is that there is still a level of discomfort. I don’t know how to rectify the situation if you have any suggestions let me know.

The solution for kids is an innovative one. I have written about it several times on the blog, it comes in the form of a website called ability online. I know what some of you are thinking in terms of safety, but if you go and read other posts on the subject I think it will help put your mind at ease.

I don’t know what to suggest with regards to the employment situation for adults with disabilities, what do you think we could do to improve?

How do you or your child feel the effects of social isolation in your own life? How do you work to overcome them?


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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 using the digital world to overcome social isolation

  1. I wish the internet was around when I was in middle school. The internet is the great equalizer. Unless I tell someone I have cerebral palsy, they will not know and I will be treated like an equal. I can tell what I write strikes a cord with people who do not know me, however, those who do I get little to no acknowledgement. Many times when people see the way I walk they see the disability and filter out the fact that I am a person and that I am educated. Some don’t like the fact that I may be smarter than they even though I may walk with a strange gait. They may not have the vocabulary to call what I have cerebral palsy let alone spastic diplegia and not use words like “gait”, “dorsiflexion”.

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