disability (small d)

Today I want to talk about disability, specifically my own. Today, December 3 is International Day of People with a Disability. It’s a day to celebrate difference and promote understanding, dignity and respect.

I was born with a unique designer hand. I call it “my little hand” but my 3 year old boy prefers to call it my “broken hand”. When he asks me about it I tell him that my little hand makes me special as I’m the only person in the whole world with this hand. Funny how life repeats itself isn’t it? Cause that’s what my mum told me when I asked her about it when I was 3. Isn’t that an awesome thing to say to a child? That your disability makes you special and unique. Thanks Mum. You’re fantastic! You never said “No you can’t try that” or “Won’t that be too hard for you?” You always helped me find a way to do things my way. And in a way we all need to find our own way in life it’s just most people aren’t so aware of it as I am.

This week I’ll be talking about living with a small d disability, the funny side, the difficult side and everything in between.

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sacha
    Dec 03, 2012 @ 22:19:31

    My son has an intellectual disability. He doesn’t have the appearance like media promotes, he’s an individual. His unique gift is sport – soccer, cricket, tennis, swimming & athletics. His confidence is getting medals at swimming & athletic competitions & going to the next level. Experts can’t explain it, but he just “does it”
    We’re all unique & Special our abilities get us through life.

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  2. Chris
    Dec 04, 2012 @ 00:49:53

    I’ve known you for so many years now and when I read the heading I couldn’t think for the life of me what disability you were talking about, you have adapted and overcome so many obstacles that I haven’t ever given a thought that you have a “small d” it just doesn’t seem to be any sort of hindrance to you emotionally or physically. I think that is an incredible accomplishment, and I am looking forward to reading more of your blogs 🙂
    Gherky

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