Growing up, I didn’t understand the obstacles I would face. As a kid, I wondered why my legs didn’t work like others and why I had to use a walker for mobility. I did not understand disability and wanted to run like the other children. As I got older and into adulthood, I realized I more likely than not see the world differently than those who do not use a wheelchair. I notice curbs not perfectly flat, steps inconveniently placed, and other disruptions that others blissfully get to ignore. However, I cannot say that the world around me is all negative. As I have grown up, the experiences listed above have improved as disabilities become less taboo and are not only seen more on television and film but in the world around us.
The Importance of Disability Representation in Everyday Life
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Hi, my name is Sabrina; I grew up in Mill Valley, California, and I love to visit when possible. I now live in Los Angeles, California.
Growing up using a wheelchair I knew my life would be very different. But I didn’t see people that looked like me until I started playing wheelchair basketball as a teenager. Then, in college, the visibility of disabilities grew (in my opinion and experience).
After graduation, I worked for the Jewish Los Angeles Special Needs Trust, which helps people with disabilities supplement their government benefits with affordable, professional special needs trust services.
After leaving that job, I eventually got my paralegal certificate and currently work in Family Law.
Throughout my life, I realized the importance of representation and of people who look like you and have a similar experience. My experience as a wheelchair user may be different than others, but it may prove helpful for someone else.