dreaming of an accessible house

A few months ago, I came across an article that has forever changed my thoughts on accessible housing.

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talk it app

Last week I was approached by a start up company that truly caught my attention. They are developing a product that in my opinion could change communication for people with speech difficulties.
The co-founders realized a need of making communication easier and the concept was born. I think its best if I show you a demonstration

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how to help a child with cerebral palsy

The most asked question I get from my readers is: how to help a child with cerebral palsy? This question is admittedly frustrating  to me because I want to respond with something like help with them with what? So my answer to this question is this: Continue reading

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self doubt and confidence: life with a disability

I have been thinking a lot about self doubt and confidence issues as it relates to one’s perception of self. I have written a lot about how tasks in life when you have cerebral palsy take far longer than for the average person and I think it is interesting to reflect on how that can impact on your sense of self confidence when you have a physical disability.

Because it takes so much time to complete tasks, it was somewhat common place to have people do things for you, things that you yourself are very capable of doing, but because time is in limited supply and it is simply faster to have assistance that is often the easiest answer.

My question then becomes does having help all the time lead to feelings of self doubt and a lack of confidence in yourself? Especially since moving out, I feel I have learned to strike a healthy  balance of having help, in the form of personal care attendants while at the same time feeling and finding a sense of independence within myself.

I feel more independent now with attendants than I did without them. They help me with things that probably with a little ingenuity on my part I could figure out how to accomplish on my own, but the point is cerebral palsy takes a lot more energy to do simple things (even sitting) because my muscles are tighter than the norm. Having attendants works well for me because it allows me to save some of my energy daily to do things I actually enjoy doing.

social isolation because of childhood disability and my experience with it

Although I can only write to my own experiences I have a lot to say, especially on the subject of social isolation.  I think that they’re a lot of misconception regarding social isolation and disability. I think there are a few reasons why social isolation occurs in children with physical disabilities. For the sake of this post I am going to speak about childhood and physical disabilities as it is what I have the most first hand experience with. Continue reading

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the different looks of independence

What does independence really means to you? Recently, I have been doing a lot of thinking on this subject as I talk to friends who are in various stages of this facet of their lives. I was the first of my friends to move out, so it is neat to watch them as they work through this transitional phase and enter the new chapter of their lives. Continue reading

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understanding my sensitive feet

I was asked to write on the topic of shoes, and thought it would be beneficial to write about this at this time of year because, well sandals at one time were a difficult piece of footwear for my cerebral palsy compromised feet. Continue reading

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