Thursday, August 23, 2012

Advocating for Another: Challenge Accepted!

Today's post almost didn't get written because I've been dealing with a cough and congestion in the middle of trying to complete things for school.

This prompt is aptly titled challenge accepted because it deals with the hard things about leading a community.

1. Making sure everyone's voice is heard. I'm in the process of working on a way to fix this. There are so many people that need encouragement, it's hard to reach everyone.

2. Coming up with relevant and interesting content. I'm sure every blogger has had that moment where they question things. I try to keep the communication flowing between my readers by asking for everyone's input, what you want to know about me or cerebral palsy. Usually no one responds so I'm assuming it's because they don't know what to ask. This leads me to my third point.

3. Educating the public. So many people don't know about disabilities and how they affect the person and their family. Especially with the internet, there is SO much information available by people who claim to be experts. I'm working on making a change in this area as well, but I can't say anything just yet because I don't have all of my information together. 

 In my opinion, education starts at home. I can't tell you how many parents I've come across who discourage their children from asking me questions. I love it when that happens because it gives me the opportunity to smash the stigma associated with disabilities while watching a child soak up new information!