The Importance of Disability Representation in Everyday Life

Embracing the Positive Aspects of My Disability

In my last post, I opened up about the struggles I faced as a disabled adult. However, today I want to focus on the positives of living with a disability. Through perseverance and a positive mindset, I have learned to thrive in my situation and see the good that comes with it. In this post, I’ll share with you the ways in which I embrace the positive aspects of disability.

First, being in a wheelchair elicits curiosity from those around me. While this may seem uncomfortable to some, I see it as a way to start a conversation and get to know someone. Oftentimes, people will ask me questions about my condition, and I am more than happy to share my story and enlighten them. Through this, I have met countless individuals and formed meaningful connections with strangers that I may have otherwise never crossed paths with.

Second, choosing to live with a positive attitude has been a game-changer for me. With anything in life, there will be ups and downs, but I choose to not dwell on situations that I cannot change. Instead, I focus on the positive aspects of my situation and choose to move forward with optimism. This mindset has allowed me to find joy in the simplest of things and has given me the strength to face any obstacles that come my way.

Third, being in a wheelchair has given me a unique perspective on life. It has allowed me to see the world from a different angle – quite literally! I notice things that others do not see, such as the small details in architecture or the beauty of nature from a lower vantage point. This unique perspective has given me a sense of wonder and appreciation for the world around me.

Fourth, living with a disability has taught me the power of adaptation. I am constantly finding new ways to navigate through life and accomplish tasks that others may take for granted. This creativity has led me to come up with unique solutions to everyday problems, and has given me a sense of accomplishment and independence.

Finally, embracing the positive aspects of disability has allowed me to connect with a community of individuals who share my experiences and struggles. Through support groups and online forums, I am able to provide and receive guidance and support from individuals who understand my situation. This sense of community has been invaluable to me, and I am grateful for the connections I have made through it.

In conclusion, while living with a disability certainly has its challenges, I have found that it has also brought many positives into my life. Learning to embrace the positive aspects of my situation has allowed me to find joy in everyday life, discover a unique perspective on the world, and connect with a community of individuals who share my experiences. I hope that by sharing my story, I can encourage others to embrace the positive aspects of their own situations and find the beauty in the world around us.

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About Me

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.