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Why Avoiding Questions Adds to the Disability Misconceptions

Why Avoiding Questions Adds to the Disability Misconceptions

Today we carry on the series about disability misconceptions. This topic is so important. Talking in depth leads to a better understanding of what culture says and how we can grow as a whole. Welcome to the conversation, Brandon! ******* A couple of years ago, I was...

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5 Questions with Hidden Disability Misconceptions

5 Questions with Hidden Disability Misconceptions

Last week I shared the top 10 misconceptions about the physically disabled. Before I wrote that post, I reached out to people online who also have various kinds of disabilities. I soon realized -- we are all clashing with culture in similar ways. We face the same...

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The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled

The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled

We're going to talk about misconceptions. Things assumed by culture as a whole. These ideas about the physically disabled are often false: A physical disability automatically means a mental disability as well. Wheelchair users are confined to their chairs. Therefore,...

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When I Felt Different, part six

When I Felt Different, part six

The past few weeks we have been examining the moments I felt different. Something happened in those stories that made me aware of my physical limitations. If you missed any of the posts: Part One We began the discussion with why I don't see disability and what I know...

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What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me

What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me

You aren't supposed to look like a pretzel when you are born. But I did... Because of my physical disability, independence is not an option. But I've accepted this fact for years. I don't let limitations stop me from chasing any dream. Several years ago, I started...

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When I Felt Different, part five

When I Felt Different, part five

I used to attend a camp for children with neuromuscular disease. I liked it some years. But I grew to not enjoy the camp sooner than most. There was no one reason I stopped going. It was a combination of the school calendar conflicting and my heart no longer...

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When I Felt Different, part four

When I Felt Different, part four

I've already mentioned that my classmates loved to help me at school. I couldn't tell you how it started or when, but I have memories of friends helping all the way back to kindergarten. Both of us saw the fun side most of the time. As friends were constantly willing...

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When I Felt Different, part three

When I Felt Different, part three

Surgery of any kind isn't fun for anyone, especially a third grader. I thought I was going to a normal check-up with my orthopedist. I was never a fan of those appointments. Then he said, "It's time for your back surgery. We can't wait any longer." (You can read more...

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When I Felt Different, part two

When I Felt Different, part two

It wasn't the first time I had fallen. I was as used to falling as I could be. We practiced falling in physical therapy with the cushiony mats and I tried to tuck in my head or my arms to minimize injury. But one never really gets better at the suddenness of a fall....

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When I Felt Different, part one

When I Felt Different, part one

If you asked me, "What's it like to be different?" or "When did you know you were different?"...I might respond in one of three ways: "I'm not different. I've never seen myself as different." (I shared more on this perspective last year.) "What do you mean? Aren't we...

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