Parents’ Corner

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How Do You Determine That You Need Help?

This week I watched the Good Doctor on ABC, and they had a good story that we have to talk about as people with disabilities. There was a mom who had a teenager who had Autism and the dad was not in their lives. She was trying to take care of her son, but he was big and strong. He…

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Socialization and Disabilities Have to Go Together

Life needs socialization, and I don’t mean just parties but actually talking to others. We as human beings, learn how to socialize as we are growing up. With people with disabilities especially when they are born with a disability, they usually don’t learn how to socialize right away. Since people with disabilities are behind the eight ball with socialization from…

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Getting Accepted at School With a Disability is Hard

When a child with a disability enters a new class, getting accepted at school is difficult. It might be because the other classmates might not be around other children with disabilities. So how does the teacher foster acceptance by the whole class? This post is going to focus on pre-junior high years because the child usually has only one teacher…

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Keeping Your Child’s Body Loose at School

When children with Cerebral Palsy go to school, parents usually are concerned about the education, which is true, but therapy and getting out the chair is really important too. If they don’t get out, their hamstrings might get tight or their hips might get affected too. So, what should you do to keep your child’s body healthy? Therapy at School…

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How to Handle Issues Between a PCA and Family Members

Have you ever been in a situation where your PCA and family members are trying to help you, and you feel the tension between them? You know that both of them want to have your best interest in mind. What do you do? Feeling Awkward Over the years, I have been in the middle of the tension between my personal…

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Participation and Inclusion for Disabilities in Society

Participation and inclusion really affect a student's life with a disability. I have a story about my high school years. On my first day of high school, I was exceedingly nervous. There was a sense of fear that I would never be accepted. In elementary school, I became accustomed to people staring at me because I was in a wheelchair.…

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Caregivers Are Essential – How Do We keep The Good Ones?

Caregiving is a job where a few people can do well and it has a lot of shit to handle – the pun was not intended. Without caregivers, our lives with disabilities would not be the same. That means they are a really important part of our lives, and we don’t think about it sadly enough. Good and Not so…

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Increase Dad’s Help with a Child with a Disability – How To

Dads are the essential part of a family. If the family has a child with a disability, the dad sometimes is not willing to take care of the child. Sometimes they are scared of helping the child for one reason or another. I think it is scary for anyone but you just have to learn how to do it. I…

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How Mainstreaming Helps a Student’s Life for the Better

Mainstreaming is where students with disabilities are placed in the regular classroom. It allows the student to be accepted by their peers and have the education that all students should have. When I started the first grade in 1971, I was with students who had a disability, and the teacher had experience helping the students with their daily needs. In…

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I co-wrote a book entitled “They said We Couldn’t” with my friend Lisa Cesal about our lives with Cerebral Palsy. We want to spread the message that people who have Cerebral Palsy can do anything they want in life.

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