story helps create understanding for people

As people we have one thing in common, we all have a story. In looking for inspiration for tonight’s post I typed thought-provoking questions into Google. And I am intrigued by a few of them. Not so much by the questions themselves but the brainstorming that came from them. I think why I am so passionate about this blog is not just because it offers others insights into a world of life with cerebral palsy. I am a lover of story, that being said I don’t overly enjoy reading. Up until grade 10 my mother read to me nightly and I still to this day make a habit of downloading both audio and eBooks’ from the library. Some of the fondest memories are the stories my grandmothers would share with me as a child. This love of learning about human-kind showed itself again when I was a volunteer and a co-op student in high school. As a co-op student I spent four out of five afternoons a week at a nursing home where I also happened to volunteer one evening a week. As a student, I was charged with the task of getting to know each resident’s background and enter it into the computer it was there later added to their personal record at the nursing home. In doing this it gave the very busy staff a chance to get to know the residence on a deeper level then often the time that they had would otherwise allow. People are fascinating to me and the people I have “met” through writing this blog are no exception to that! Continue reading

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hard drive backups learn from this story

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Toshiba 1 TB 2.5" External USB Hard Disk Drive (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember how I was talking about the hard drive I bought? Usually, I have this idea of what meaningful posts are to you all and tonight I will admit that I am not satisfied with my own work – as I sit here typing this post it is past my self-made nightly deadline.  But, I wanted to tell you all a story. Continue reading

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Desktop cleanup can someone teach me how

Sorry I missed yesterday’s post I am on a mission to feel less cluttered. Today I am cleaning up my desktop, well trying to that is. Yesterday my roommate and I started organizing our massive DVD collection. Currently as I type this I am just about to start to use the portable hard drive that has been sitting on my shelf untouched since I bought it the week before Easter. Continue reading

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swimming saves lives

Synchronized swimmers perform a vertical postition. (April 2009) (Photo credit: Migz Photography Via Wikipedia)

When I started synchronized swimming I could not stand on my own let alone swim but they took me anyway. I’ve always loved water, and thus swimming seemed like the ideal thing but as I said cerebral palsy made the whole swimming thing a challenge. Continue reading

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A Recipe for Social Inclusion

Being a teenage girl with cerebral palsy made life interesting. Most teenage girls live life out working or partying depending on personality. Life with spastic quadriplegia: the type of cerebral palsy that I have, made my social life different from my peers. Spastic quadriplegia simply means that the cerebral palsy I have impacts all of my limbs. There are different types of cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia is clearly the one I am most comfortable writing about. Continue reading

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How can we all help?

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A film that will change your outlook on life

Just letting my American readers know. May 3rd I invite all that have the OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) to tune in at 9pm on May 3rd or record it at the very least. The documentary that has been a huge source of inspiration to me will be aired in the US for the first time. Continue reading

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Sand, Water and Wheelchairs

A man-pulled rickshaw in Kolkata Deutsch: Eine...

I have summer on the brain; I grew up in and around water, there was a time when I was a part of a part of an adaptive synchronized swim team. But the challenge of summer is sand. Continue reading

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Lets create social inclusion and remove social isolation

You can’t teach children social inclusion. I believe that the opposite of social inclusion is social isolation and I feel like that the sad reality with a disability is that more often then not they know the social stigmas of social isolation rather then that of social inclusion. I continue to write this blog to help educate others. I try to write what I know, I try to write from my personal perspective of life with a disability life with cerebral palsy. Continue reading

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appropriate education will remove the labels

Waldorf elementary school classroom (Photo credit: Image By Florian K. ViaWikipedia)

I grew up with a label on my back, the label of being a person with a physical disability.  There was no hiding the fact that I used wheels instead of feet to get around.  Because of this, I was seen by default as different from my “able-bodied” peers.  Society places emphasis on mobility aids for the elderly or ill populations so my peers had no understanding of why someone of their age and generally  healthy would do such a thing. This disability label I have is called cerebral palsy. And the only thing that made me different from my peers was cerebral palsy. The word disability is not something I enjoy using to refer to myself. It puts the negative emphasis before the positive. If you take the dis out of disability you are simply left with the word ability.  I feel like all to often people see the negative impacts of life with a disability before the positive.  It’s my hope that I can offer my readers of my blog the idea that there is life after the label, life after the diagnosis. I have grown up to realize my own abilities not always on an academic level but sometimes on a social and helpful level. It would be helpful to me and others who have a disability and therefore live with any form of that label be it cerebral palsy such as me, or else.  I write about cerebral palsy because that is all that I know.  I have had opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if it not for the cerebral palsy Continue reading

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