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A Letter from Andrea Bocelli

One of the people I wrote to in the public eye was Andrea Bocelli. He is a blind singer who has been blind from the age of 12. This is something that I find unique because he had sight and then lost it. Whilst still being blind he has earned a law degree and has been performing.

 

I received today a beautiful letter from him which really says it all.

 

“society tries to instill the doubt that we should all look the same, think similarly, learn in the same way and offer a similar kind of result, otherwise we’re out of the schemes, out of the competition”

 

Many people with disabilities can feel this all too much. When we have something that makes us different we wonder why we can’t be normal like everyone else. However, Andrea went onto say:

 

“I’ve learnt with years that the only competition worth winning was the one with myself, overcoming my limits, outdoing my best every time; when I was young, having people trying to tell me what I won’t be able to do was the perfect trigger to make me want to do more and more.”

 

This has been how I have taken on my difficulties and yet there are those who find it so difficult to look at it that way. Take this amazing musician and look at what he has accomplished. He has found what he loves and does everything that he can to make sure he can do it. When someone says, you can’t do it he does it anyway with fuel to push himself on.

 

Lastly he said “Don’t let the “disability” or any other kind of label define you, you’re not your diagnosis, even if that is part of you; there is always a way to reach your goals, to do what you want to do, even if that comes in your own way and in your own time, which, like it happens to everybody, is most likely to be different from anyone else’s”.

 

These are powerful words and I encourage everyone who has a disability to see life for what it is. A chance to show the world the best parts of yourself. Whether you have lost your sight, have autism, or even are dyslexic you can achieve what you want to. Your label doesn’t change who you are. It may put up some barriers in your way but you can over come them and do what it is that you would like to do.

 

 

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Thank You Campaign & Disability Awareness

I have now set up two separate blogs for my two personal campaigns. Once I start getting more money from this blog I can look at upgrading the blog accounts so that they can hopefully make some money on their own.

I know it is a big task maintaining 3 blogs but you know what, I am up for the challenge. I hope you all follow my other two blogs which you can get the links off of my various pages.

It starts with a question

It starts with a question. Just one question. It isn’t even a tough question, its easy. Do you want to know what that question is? Well, the question is: How are you doing today?

How simple does that seem to you? Yet many people believe that it is such a difficult question to ask. People who have disabilities do not need you to delve into the nitty gritty but just the simple act of asking how you are doing can mean a lot.

For me, when I am having a tough day I often feel like I want to curl up in bed and shut the world out. There are times I want to shut down and honestly feel like disappearing. Many people see this and just ignore it. They put the onus on me to reach out and that is something that I just am unable to do. Just someone asking how I am doing would be enough for me to actually say, I am not doing so good but thank you for asking.

When you have a disability it is very hard to reach out. You always feel like you shouldn’t reach out because you have to be the same as everyone else but having a good support network around you is always really important. Find your support network so that you do not always feel alone.

Ryanair – Disgusting

So, I have just heard that Ryan air has caused problems for an autistic child. Seriously angry about this because as an Autistic woman who has been treated poorly by an airline I know how stressful it can be. The fact that they are passing the buck to the airport is disgusting. If the Ryanair people were not to fault why did they not find a way to get them home.

From my own experience, I know that the airlines work with the airports for all their passengers and if one fails they all fail.

Ryanair needs to apologize and the people who laid hands on him need to make sure that their staff training is better…much better. I am never EVER going to fly with Ryanair.

Disability is not a dirty word

There are people out there who believe the above is true. It is not. Having a disability simply means that you have something that makes you different. For me I have 4 disabilities ranging from physical to developmental. I do not see it as a bad thing. I see it as a reason to push myself. I always push myself to my absolute limit because that way no one can bad mouth me or indeed tell me that what I accomplish is anything less than awesome. Whether this is as simple as being able to hoover my room or getting a promotion. All victories are received and dealt with the same way 🙂 and that is with excitement.

Disability is not a dirty word and anyone who makes you feel less then you are because of your disability is not worth the time of day x