Christmas Traditions

My sister is more into traditions then I she still makes mom had candy for easter and insisted when she lived at home that the tree be put up on December 1st while listening to Bing Crosby’s Merry Christmas CD Continue reading

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My New Blogging Best Friend

 In high school, I prided myself IN NEVER writing a thing down (people who knew me then can confirm this), for I can say I rarely missed assignments in high school or college, this worked well for me, up until the time I moved that is. It’s not that moving made me forget – it’s just keeping day to day timing straight for bus bookings, appointments and such is a challenge when you’re as busy as I was last week. Last week, for example I was busy every day but Tuesday and Friday whether I was out or not, I still had to keep bus bookings straight. I wrote a post about how I worked out a system that works for me.  Continue reading

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A Different Way Of Seeing

 “Depth perception is the visual ability to perceive the world in three dimensions (3D) and the distance of an object. Depth sensation is the ability to move accurately, or to respond consistently, based on the distances of objects in an environment.[citation neededDepth perception arises from a variety of depth cues. These are typically classified into binocular cues that require input from both eyes and monocular cues that require the input from just one eye.[1] Binocular cues include stereopsis, yielding depth from binocular vision through exploitation of parallax. Monocular cues include size: distant objects subtend smaller visual angles than near objects”   Quote source Wikipedia

I open the post with that selection from the Wikipedia site as I have a personal interest in how the brain processes visual cues. Without getting too technical I want to explain why this is of personal interest to me.  

I have an eye condition the name of which I do not know where my eyes work separately from each other, I have poor vision to begin with but have glasses that improve that it still doesn’t help that my eyes work separately from each other. They both work just independently from each other, this makes life interesting to say the least I don’t see things in 3D because my eyes don’t focus on the same point at the same time in my limited  understanding at least, this is how depth perception works.  There is some exceptions to this for me, and I am not sure why that is the case, but people aren’t flat, living things: trees, animals, plants all aren’t flat. The problem I face lies predominantly when outdoors. I will get into that further in a moment.

It also affects some tasks of day-to-day living pouring liquid into a drinking glass I literally have to but the lip of the jug against the glass and I feel the temperature raise and that is how I know I not to overfill it is all done by feel because surprisingly depth plays a role in this regard.

The challenge of outdoors

Outside terrain looks flat,  this means I am wheeling around virtually blind to changes in sidewalks etc and I have no solution to make this any easier. I am because of this fearful to venture outside unaccompanied

Anyone else with cp have this? How do you manage?

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Bridging The Gaps By Sharing Experiences

Yesterday I was to travel an hour away to attend a discussion about where the study that I have been in since 2002 and perhaps earlier, about life with cerebral palsy was to go. A group of us would be meeting with researchers, to see where we think the next study should focus its attention. I don’t think anyone ended the day with a concrete sense of the new direction but a lot of valuable discussion was had by all. I had the flu so I stayed home but joined in from bed by phone.

The barriers
The barriers we face seem to be a problem no matter where one lives and it was nice to know that I am not alone in these issues that I face. I continue to be a subject of research in the hopes that some improvements can be made within my lifetime. When I talk about barriers I don’t just mean physical ones there are those attitudinal ones as well.

I am glad research is being done on adults with cerebral palsy and their unique service needs and the barriers in day-to-day life. I feel that this is a step in the right direction because I feel that the more barriers we can overcome in my lifetime the easier life will be for tomorrow’s kids, youth and adults with cerebral palsy

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Netflix Canada Benefits For Me

 
 Netflix Canada Benefits For Me

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Hello everyone, sorry I missed Monday’s post, I am okay, we just got Netflix. I know that is no excuse for missing out on writing Monday’s post but since last Friday I have watched something like 20 movies.

 

 

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What Is Your Biggest Challenge In Understanding Life With Cerebral Palsy

I will admit, I at the best of times am unsure what you parents and you that, in fact have CP yourself would like to read about here, it is said in any sense of writing project whether there is an ending date or not – is to write what you know, I guess I have taken that advice to heart huh? Continue reading

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Please help me solve one of the problems I face in accessing accessible travel

300px Handicapped Accessible sign.svg Please help me solve one of the problems I face in accessing accessible travel
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If you have read my blog for some time you will see my yearning to travel. My roommate and I have looked for a functional means to travel, running into our main problem being as simple as transportation. Allow me to clarify: yes there is accessible travel resources, accessible transit options. I can hear you all saying: “Well, Laura then what’s the problem?” The problem, as I have hinted at before is this, very few companies that I have found, and this is maybe evident of my researching skills; but is it just me or is it hard to come by a vehicle that will carry two wheelchairs? Continue reading

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