People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time. There are approximately 66.5 million American adults (age 18 or older) who live with a disability, that’s more than 31% of the population living in the United States, and about 46 million that have movement difficulty.
I am 1 of the 66.5 million people living with a disability. I have Cerebral Palsy which was caused by lack of oxygen during birth and affected the left side of my brain which in turn impaired my mobility and my speech. Although I have limited mobility throughout my body it affected the right side the most. I call my right arm my snake because it does whatever it wants whenever it wants. Over the years I have found the best way to ‘tame’ it is to sit on it. Although I have a lot more control over my left arm, it’s still limited, I type with two fingers and I can’t write. I can walk independently most of the time, but when people are around that I don’t know well I tend to get nervous and unstable. Same goes with my arm the more nervous I am the more out of control it gets.
I live by myself in a one bedroom apartment on campus with assistive care services. They help with bathing, grooming, restroom, and cleaning, but to me they are primarily a nuisance since I am pretty independent and only need help with laundry and some cleaning. The only time I use a wheelchair is when I go to class for distance and stability purposes.
I try to unlimit my limitations everyday through practice, products, and determination. I have bought many products that aren’t aimed towards people with disabilities, but they have helped me as if they were.