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

Why blogging became a game changer for people with disabilities

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 … Continue reading

why i feel employment is a major issue for people with disabilities

I think it is safe to say that many capable people with disabilities are unemployed. The reality is there’s lots of talent people who happened to have disabilities and through no fault of there own aren’t working.

how paisley my dog taught me to problem solve

Those of you that know me know that I have always loved dogs, but I had never owned one, that was until last Christmas. I adopted an 11 week old male sheltie shih zu mix who I absolutely adore, and … Continue reading

When self doubt comes knocking at disability’s door

“When you doubt yourself, think of all the others who believe in you” –Unknown self doubt is a problem for everyone regardless if they have a disability or not. We all have moments of self doubt how boring would life … Continue reading

Therapy on the back of a horse: when therapy doesn’t feel like work

The reality is physical therapy sucks, your kids with special needs will tell you that, and okay if they won’t fess up to that truth, I will. As a kid, I hated physio and anything that resembled it, but frankly what … Continue reading

surviving winter thinking about summer

I know I wrote of a summer sport yesterday and frankly that was a way for me to not look outside, I know it was a weird topic choice for the middle of Feburary, but I feel like this winter … Continue reading

synchronized swimming for special needs youth

When I was probably around nine I decided I wanted to join my local synchronized swimming program. At the time, I couldn’t stand up independently (and still can’t without some form of assistance) let alone swim, the one thing I … Continue reading

cerebral palsy in the classroom things to consider

I have made adaptations throughout my life and in school was no exception, when I was a kid, I had difficulty seeing the blackboard in the classroom, I don’t think this had anything to do with anything other than my … Continue reading