Pushing Boundaries & Changing Beliefs

Pushing Boundaries & Changing Beliefs

It's important for all of us who are imposed with certain physical boundary conditions to push those boundary conditions as far as possible and maintain as much independence as absolutely possible. A great way to encourage independence for any children, especially those with cerebral palsy is to provide a safety net so that they can fail and know that there's not a catastrophic result from that failure. We all learn from our failures and I have probably learned more from my failures than most people because I've made a lot of failures, but I've had a lot of successes as a result of those failures.

We are all guilty of imposing our own expectations on other people who may have an alternate ability. Like, oh boy, if I couldn't see, or if I couldn't hear, or if I couldn't walk these things would be very, very challenging. Where as for the individual who actually has that quote disability, that's within their normal reference frames. It's not a disability to them and they've learned to function around that. I was very fortunate in that I had parents who really pushed me to be as independent as absolutely possible. Oh, by the way, I do have cerebral palsy and I use these forearm crutches to get around.

"It's important for all of us who are imposed with certain physical boundary conditions to push those boundary conditions as far as possible and maintain as much independence as absolutely possible."