Living with additional needs is challenging. Living well with additional needs can seem impossible.
Picture the scene:
You are going down the street. Every step or push feels like such a challenge. Every effort feels like the last. Then you hear a familiar sound; that clink, clink, clink of skin against rim and then, you see someone else on wheels effortlessly breeze past you.
And you watch them disappear into the distance – and think, how?
When I was young athlete with Cerebral Palsy Sport – I got to interact with experienced athletes who had lived with Cerebral Palsy for a long time. Athletes like Stephen Miller – who used to do football as part of his warm up!
It was like magic – pure magic.
Except it isn’t really.
People who have knowledge and use it in fantastic ways have always been accused of performing magic.
The archetypical wizard has always been seen as the old man with a long grey beard (hello Gandalf) and this is because we associate age with wisdom, and we associate wisdom with knowledge, and knowledge with magic.
Magic is only ever that which we don’t yet understand.
The great thing about the internet is that is hive of information for niche subject such as rare conditions and unique circumstances. So always google everything – just to see what you can find.
For example – there is an organisation specifically for teenagers with Cerebral Palsy (how cool is that!) – you can access it here – http://www.cpteensuk.org/
Here at ED, we’re particularly into sharing knowledge that you might find useful. Here are some of my favourites:
The DayBag is really one of my favourite magic granting collections. It prepares you for so much and gives you confidence to go at life.
You can read our full Quokka Bag here. But here is the headline – Quokka is the third pocket that you need.
There are so many different sources of information that are now so easily accessible. Use them. Facebook groups particularly, can be great for answering specific questions that you. Scope Community is another good source.
Living well with additional needs can seem like magic – it doesn’t need to be.