When it comes to having a disability and being an advocate for those with Cerebral palsy, I often wake up with the thought of How could I tell my story today? how could I impact the world today?.
How do I answer that question: living my life each and every day to the best of my ability and embracing my disability.
I think that’s the best-kept secret as someone who lives with a disability and someone who lives with a disability that isn’t understood by society and has many different points of view.
When it comes to having a disability the only ones in control of telling our narrative are us because we gain experience each and every day that makes us a better person and that makes us strive to be the best that we could be despite the obstacles that come in our way.
It doesn’t get any better than us telling our stories is because we know we understand we get the concept of living with the disability versus other people that don’t have disabilities don’t really have a clear view on what really goes on in our every day lives in our everyday society and how we view the world.
For example, whenever there’s a lack of accessibility to an able-bodied person it may not be a big deal because they could walk right over it but to a person that relies on her wheelchair to get around such as myself due to spastic dysplasia it’s a big deal and we as people need to express that to the people in our community so that they can become more aware of what our struggles are as people with disabilities.
In my personal opinion, telling our stories is the best way to spread awareness and is our best-kept secret to becoming more of an inclusive world.