some of my fav romantic movies
letters to juliet
ps i love you
the note book
I am always curious how does cp impact my readers, understanding others view points on this helps mean to create content that people can relate to. So here are some questions Continue reading
Harry potter fans are all too familiar with the invisibility cloak and frankly, so am I, thanks to the visibility of my cerebral palsy I am left with the feelings of social invisibility that rears its ugly head when lack of time and understanding creates a social divide. The sad but very real reality is that that as visible as my wheelchair makes my disability it is also the gap that can separate me from meaningful social interaction with my peers.
I know I have ranted countless times about how the cold impacts me due to spasticity but this weekend I went out in this very snow filled world came home to relaxed muscles.
Moving out on your own has its challenges for anyone, but a unique set of challenges arises when you have a physical disability and require assistance from others to accomplish activities of daily living. Figuring out what you actually need help with and what you are capable of accomplishing on your own as well as the niceties of having them there to help is something that everyone who has support staff has to figure out.
Today, while writing this I am watching television. And although there are representations of people with disabilities in mainstream television in reality TV I’m frustrated that none of these representations include in wheelchairs. I should note that yes Artie from Glee is the exception to the rule, but my argument with that Artie is played by an able-bodied actor. I don’t understand, why this is something of a challenge for the mainstream media, the years I’ve learned to realize that it is and frankly quite excited that disabled characters are included in shows and more excited still when those characters are played by disabled actors and actresses themselves.
I have always known of my cerebral palsy and I feel blessed by this, I know of people who for one reason or another find out about their CP later in life. This still shocks me, here’s why. I am of the opinion that despite how mild one’s cerebral palsy is, how ‘invisible’ it may be – it shapes one’s life experience. Continue reading