What advice would you give to a teen with a special needs?

Do you remember your teen years? In this post, I explore some advice I would offer the teens of today that would have been helpful when I was their age. Remember you are not alone, if you are feeling alone, a good place to start is to use the internet to build community. I need to say this, for the safety of my readers, as the topic of this post focuses on a teenage audience. I need to stress, practicing internet safety.


For the sake of talking about goals, I have chosen to focus on the universal subject of education.

High school

In its simplest form, making your first goal a basic one, like finishing high school. Working on a basic goal like graduating high school will help. This will open the door, for one of two pathways going forward. Finishing high school will open many doors to your future. It will offer many options, about what pathways are available to you. and allow you freedoms, and possibilities now and in future.

Post secondary

College or University can lead to a lifelong career in your chosen field


Employment, or finding a job, it will lead to one of two things. it could  either lead to the end of the road or be a bridge on the path leading to post-secondary education


In conclusion, what advice would you offer teens with special needs?

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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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2 Responses to What advice would you give to a teen with a special needs?

  1. Hi Laura,
    I would say to teens: find mentors with disabilities as role models that you meet in real life if possible. Let mentors show you how they adapt and learn from mistakes. Remember that you are still young and can become a better person as you get older.

    On a side note, I made a new film about college experiences with disability here http://cripvideoproductions.com/astrokeofendurance.php and I am having a new film screening here http://cripvideoproductions.com/screenings.php

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