As someone who was born with a disability, I have produced five things that I live by that have made my life a little easier.
1) Never be embarrassed about your disability.
Sure, it can be embarrassing waiting for the bus platform to come down and everyone must wait so you can get onto the bus, or you encounter someone who does not understand social etiquette and says something that is inappropriate. The key to remember is not to let these moments bring you down. You are more than your disability!
2) People are going to be uncomfortable with your disability – that is a fact.
People usually get uncomfortable because they have not been exposed to people who have disabilities and they fear doing or saying the wrong thing. That is ok, the more open you are the more they will become relaxed and warm up.
3) Let the haters talk.
Unfortunately, there will be some people who insist on telling you their negative opinions about you and your disability. Ignore them; they are just jealous that they do not have the golden ticket and cannot park anywhere.
4) Do not be afraid to accept help from others.
You are independent, but that does not mean you should totally avoid assistance when you need it. Most people are willing to accept help when they need it the most – the rules should not be different because you have a disability.
5) Do not forget to be happy.
This one sound cheesy but is important. Having a sense of humor about your disability can go a long way. Remember to just smile and give yourself a pep talk on those days when you need a little extra loving.
Written by Hannah Moore
My name is Hannah, I am twenty-two years old and was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two. My Cerebral Palsy affects me from the hips down, although I have a disability, I have never seen myself as someone that is disabled. I have always found a way to achieve my goals in my own way, I partook in all the school events such as cross-country and joined the football team with the support of my family.