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Equal not special is a community of people who celebrate life's diversity.
ekie is a twenty-something disability advocate who considers herself more of a New Englander than an American. She has a non-verbal learning disability, NLD, with a side of depression, anxiety, and sensory processing disorders. Her interests include disability rights and advocacy, reading, walking, dogs and children.
My name is Karen and I’m 24 years old and I live in Australia with my parents and dog whose name is Flea and some goldfish. I attend the local TAFE, and university. I love to read and write, watch movies, listen to music and I’m a motor sports fanatic. My favourite colour is purple. I have a type of cp called Spastic Quadriplegia. it affects my legs mostly and also my arms to a lesser degree. I am not affected by the CP intellectually in anyway although there seems to be an automatic assumption by the community that I am- that’s a post for another day. I use a wheelchair to get around all the time and have both an electric and a manual chair.
Sometimes, your worst fears - when realised - are not so bad after all. Life changes, but not always in a negative way. Terriblepalsy writes about a family coming to terms with having a child with a physical disability and the journey along the way ...
I am a proud mum to Thomas Linton Devine who was born prematurely at 28 weeks in February of 2005. Thomas had many problems and continues to have issues today, primarily his bilateral hearing loss. But life goes on and Thomas is living proof of that for me, reminding me to take each day as it comes - however hard that may be.