Hello lovely ladies and gentlemen, it’s January 1st; wishing you a very happy and healthy 2018!

We are kicking off the year with a Q&A from the lovely Kimberly. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Tell me about yourself:

Hey,, I’m Kimberly, I am in my 20’s and I live in the United States of America.I am currently working to turn my blog into a full time business.
I love  shopping, reading, and
spending time with family and friends.
Now we know the basics, can we learn a bit more about
you?
What is the medical reason you have a disability?

I have Cerebral Palsy.

Have you had your Illness / disability from birth?

Yes I was born with my disability
Do you refer to yourself as a person with a disability? If
not, why not?

Yes I do refer to myself as a person with a
disability. It is part of me, but it is never the first thing I mention
about myself.

Do you tell others about your disability? Or do you prefer
to keep that to yourself until you are comfortable with the
person knowing?

I use a wheelchair so it’s not like I’m able to
hide it or anything, people know I’m different. If someone I
don’t know asks me a question I give them very basic answers
or say I don’t feel comfortable talking about this.
If that is the case and it’s someone I do know and I’m comfortable with, then I’ll be more open to answer their questions. It really depends on my
relationship with the person and their question.

Do you use any mobility AIDS such as a wheelchair or
walking stick?
I use a wheelchair

If you could extinguish your disability, would you? – If
not, please explain why.
I’ve been asked this question so
many times. My answer is no,; I’ve had this disability my entire
life, it’s a part of me I adapted to it. I don’t know life any other
way. Of course there are the hard days when I wish I could
walk and make life easier, but no I wouldn’t.

For those who do not know much about your disability
how does it affect your mobility?
This disability affects
everyone in different ways as with most disabilities. For me I
use a wheelchair, but once I’m in it I’m independent as
possible.

How has your disability affected you?

*Socially: I have a very close knit group of friends who
understand my situation and will “bring the party to me” if I
can’t always go out with them. It can be difficult to make new
friends sometimes because it takes a while for people to treat
me like everyone else especially as an adult.

*physically My disability makes it harder for me to do daily
activities every day because it affects my mobility, but I’ve
learned some tips and tricks over the years to make my life a
little bit easier.

*Mentally There are days when dealing with it is hard but
over time I think it has made me a stronger person especially
mentally

Do you think your disability has made you who you are
today?
Yes, as I stated before, I’ve had my disability my entire
life, I wouldn’t be the person I am without

Is there a particular question you get asked often because
of your disability?

If you can move your legs why can’t you walk?” My answer to this
question is along the lines of there’s a miscommunication
between my brain and my body.
*
What are the positives of having a disability?

1. As a kid, I used to love that if I fell asleep in the car no one would bother
waking me because it’s not like I had to walk into the house.
2. It has given me a unique view of the world.

What are the negatives of having a disability?

1. Accessibility is big concern for me and as a result sometimes I miss out
on activities because a location isn’t accessible.
2. I love being as independent as I can, however my disability can make
the simplest tasks of daily life tiring for me to complete them so I ask
for help when I need it.

What would you say is a difficulty for you being disabled?

Getting Around

As a person with a disability, what are the things you face
on a daily / weekly basis that frustrate you?

*In your home: When I can’t do something on my own and
have to dictate how I want it done to someone else, it can be
frustrating when I can picture the process and outcome in my
mind, but I can’t actually do it.

*outside your home: accessibility challenges, the world is not
very accessible and sometimes it’s such a hassle to do the
simplest activities/tasks because of it.

Do you use Assisstive technology in your daily living? The
only technology.

What piece of advice would you give to someone newly
diagnosed? Or going through a deterioration in health /
or mobility?

For my disability, diagnosis most likely occurs
very early in childhood, so I would likely be talking to either
the child about what school is like with this disability. I would
tell him or her learn to be an advocate for yourself now because
people will overlook you unless you speak up, this is also
great practice for people asking you questions about your
situation in the years to come. It will happen so you need to
be prepared.

Any advice you’d like to give to a person with no
disabilities?
When you meet someone with a disability, don’t
let a question about the disability be the first thing you ask
them and if he/ or she has an aide never only address the aide
especially if it’s about the capabilities of the person with a
disability

Did you seek out any specialist services / charities to help
you and your family deal with your situation?

My parents
did when I was younger. In recent years my family have
received help in getting me an accessible van and equipment
to make it easier for me to get in and out of my home.

Where can people find you out in the world?
Blog: goingalongfortheride.com
FaceBook:
Twitter @Kimberly__Minto
Instagram @Kimberly__Minto
Pintrest @Kimberly__Minto
Email Kimberly@trueheartexperience.com

❤❤ Thank you so much for taking the time to be interviewed Kimberly. It’s a shame there is such a lack of ramps and accessible support systems in America too. ❤❤

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