Hello everybody. This week my blog will be about what special needs means to me.
First let me give you a little general background on the two types of special needs as I understand them. Type number one is developmental. Told in a nutshell, that means that people with that type of disability need help focusing and keeping on task. Type number two is a physical disability. The difference between a developmental disability and a physical disability is sometimes quite great. Someone with a physical disability like I have needs help doing almost everything, from taking a shower to eating breakfast. When people asked me what my disability is, I say CP. Some people underestimate people with disabilities. They are wrong to do that because we can do almost everything that everyone else can do. Sometimes we can do things better than almost everyone else. If you read my previous blog about the video of the skier, you will have a better understanding of where I’m getting the information from. For instance in the video, Alex’s brother Frederick might not have been able to move very well, but his paintings were fantastic.
You might be asking what keeps me motivated to face the many challenges in my everyday life. Well, you know how they say you only live once and you should take every day as if it was your last. That is my philosophy in life and that is what keeps me motivated to keep working hard. Now I’m going to tell you about my support team and who helps me carry out my philosophy. It starts off with my Mom who helps me throughout the day. My teachers support me by giving me challenges throughout the day and the tools I need to get them done. As I stated in my last blog, my teacher Mr. Feldmann is who inspires me, but it is not just him. My Mom-Mom inspires me by pushing me to do certain things that are not easy for me to do. Carol is one of my fellow coworkers at The Arc Alliance. Even though Carol can sometimes drive me a little crazy she is very inspirational to me, because she shows me and tells me that I can do anything I want to as long as I put my mind to it.
I hope this is helpful and will talk to you next week!
Hi Chandler, I found your definition of a developmental disability interesting. I never thought of it in those terms. I am glad you have such a strong support system!
I like your Blog! Very Nice! How are you doing? I’m doing great! I’m still teaching at the 5/6 grade center. Mrs. Brenda Haydt
Chandler, your attitude has improved tremendously since I first met you 6 years ago! Keep up the hard work and don’t ever let anything hold you back from your goals. Set them high, too…no slackers allowed.
I didn’t know until recently, that you have a blog. I enjoyed reading it. You are a very good writer and you express your feelings very well.
I enjoyed the blog about the skier and I did see the part about Alex and his brother on TV. They are both amazing people. And one would probably not be as successful, in art or skiing, without the other! And, without the fabulous support system, they would not be as good, either. We all need help and encouragement in our lives no matter what!
You certainly do have a fabulous support group!
We ALL need help and encouragement now and then.
Thank you for blogging. Keep on writing, and let me know when you post again.
So great to see your blog! I had no idea you were blogging. This is really exciting, and I’m quite impressed with this post. I really appreciate your philosophy for life. If only more people embraced that idea, the world would be a better place. Don’t you think?
Please say HI to your parents and brothers for me. I’m looking forward to catching up and reading your other posts. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up the GREAT work! I’m extremely proud of you!
You Insprire ME Chandler!!!! We miss you over here at the 9th grade center! Come visit us!!!!!
Great post as always – keep it up!!!
Chandler you are an inspiration to everyone you meet. Many years ago you taught me to be patient and understanding. You also taught me that no matter what, a smile that comes from the heart can make all the difference in the world. So you see, you are not only a student, you are also a teacher.
Your blogs are AWESOME!!! I’m so proud of you and your accomplishments! You are quite an inspirational young man and I’m so glad you are doing well! I have very fond memories of you from Royersford Elementary School and it’s hard to believe that you are in high school already. Please give my best to your brothers and your parents! I look forward to reading up on your blogs! Way to go, Chandler!!!
Great Blog and even better editing. Keep up the good work!
Chandler, continue to inspire others through your forum, but more powerfully through your efforts and actions. Remember, eyes are always upon us and we do not choose who looks to us as role models. Allow fear of failure to be your ultimate motivation to become GREAT and to silent naysayers! Research the “Little eyes upon you” poem. Nice Job CB!
We do lots of training on Presuming Competence – assuming individuals with disabilities CAN do any task, instead of automatically thinking they can’t. It begins with people-first language — putting the person before the disability. e.g., you are not the ‘CP kid’ or ‘wheelchair-bound student’. You are a young man with CP who happens to use a wheelchair. We ALL have special needs, and they come in all types – otherwise, IOS devices, cosmetology, or psychotherapy wouldn’t be the billion dollar industries they are!
Chandler – your post is very inspiring. It motivates me to get through difficult days!
Great job on writing your blogs! I enjoyed reading about you and who inspires you. I look forward to reading more of your posts. How often will you post your blog?
Chandler, Very nice writing. I enjoyed reading it . I look forward to your next blog. Keep up the good work.
Very informative blog. Remember that those people around you who drive you a little crazy can be the most inspirational! Your positive outlook and sense of humor (that most of all) are motivating to me when I see you in school. Keep those inspirational and informative stories coming.
This was an extremely interesting and inspiring blog! I especially agree with the line, ” Well, you know how they say you only live once and you should take every day as if it was your last.” I hope you are well and I look forward to future posts.
Your Blogs are fabulous! It sounds like you are doing well. I am sure your blog is an inspiration to so many. Keep up the good work! I will look forward to reading more of your Blogs.
Mrs. Preston, Royersford Elementary School