While scrolling through Twitter, I came across this tweet from Cal Grevers. Independent living looks different for every disabled person. For a long time, I didn’t know what this would look like for me. I even wondered if I might have to live in a group home. I was able to move out of my… Continue reading What Independent Living Looks Like For Me:
CW: Depression Cerebral Palsy is often thought of as just a physical disability. As someone who has lived with CP her entire life, it affects every aspect of my life. At times, the physical symptoms are the easiest part of my disability to deal with. When I’m experiencing increased spasticity in my lower limbs, stretching,… Continue reading The Hard Part of Cerebral Palsy People Don’t Talk About:
Today is October 6th which means that it is also World Cerebral Palsy day. My readers already know that I have CP. Cerebral Palsy is often thought of as a childhood condition. When I woke up on my 18th birthday in 2017, I was an adult with CP all of a sudden. I felt like… Continue reading Kids With Cerebral Palsy Grow Up: World CP Day 2021
The Los Angeles Times published an article on September 30th about how disabled mothers are often forgotten by modern medicine. As a woman with Cerebral Palsy, I’ve often thought about having children later on in life. I do wonder if society would deem me unfit for motherhood because of my Cerebral Palsy. Having a disability… Continue reading Disabled Women and Motherhood:
Today is October 1st, which means that it is the first day of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) honors the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workforce and economy. My readers already are familiar with the challenges that I’ve faced over almost two… Continue reading Why I Disclose My Disability When Job Searching:
As far back as I can remember, I have always been compared to my non-disabled peers in developing and meeting milestones. Sometimes doctors and other professionals talked about me as if I weren’t disabled when compared to my peers. I never appreciated this because it always made me feel inferior. I was just doing the… Continue reading Why I Believe That Comparison In The Disabled Community Is Harmful:
Recently on my blog, I discussed how advocating for yourself can be exhausting. I have always needed accommodations in school and will need them in the workplace as well. As I have grown up, I have noticed a stigma around receiving accommodations, whether you need an accessible parking permit or accommodations on an exam. I… Continue reading We Need to End the Stigma Around Receiving Accommodations:
This summer Westfield State University appointed its new president. Dr. Linda Thompson is an experienced leader in the field of education. While reading an article I came across this quote from Dr. Thompson “Education, to me, is a ticket out of poverty; it’s a ticket for creating wonderful solutions for society and for people.” As… Continue reading College Can Help Lift People Out of Poverty, but What About Disabled People?
As someone who has a disability, I often have to advocate for myself. Advocating for yourself daily is exhausting. Everything from getting prescriptions refilled to getting accommodations in college or the workplace can feel like an uphill battle. Frequently, it takes a long process to get accommodations to begin with. At Westfield State University, for… Continue reading Advocacy Is Exhausting:
I have spastic Cerebral Palsy. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, spasticity is “abnormal muscle tightness due to prolonged muscle contraction. It is a symptom associated with damage to the brain, spinal cord, or motor nerves.” For me, many factors affect the degree of spasticity I feel at any given moment. One of the most significant… Continue reading How My Cerebral Palsy Symptoms Vary From Day to Day.
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