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||[May. 17th, 2012|03:24 pm]
No Pity: A Community for People with Disabilities
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Hi, I'm <lj-user="fisher_queen"> but I also go by Jane Tiberius or JT in some internet circles. I'm turning 29 in a few months and I found this community through surfing through random journals. I have physical coordination disabilities that have followed me through my entire life, spent time bored in special education for a long while because they had my "label" as emotionally impaired for a while as well. I suspect, now, looking back at my old reports, and the way I do things now, that I actually am an aspie. A therapist also brought up this possibility and that was when I really started to consider it as possible.
Besides this, I wound up with crappy joints and fibro and have some nerve damage from a surgery two years ago, so that I end up using a cane in the winter, and when my knees inevitably decide to mess with me. It's taken me ages, until about last winter, to accept that using a cane is something that I need to do, and, well, for me to stop being ashamed of my disabilities. Now, my cane is bright pink and shiny and I'm not afraid of people noticing it. I guess, overall, I'm finally learning to accept myself, and that includes my limitations.
I'm coming in here from having spent several years in special education, both mainstreaming into regular classes for part of the day, and from having been in a full time special ed classroom, and I definitely have some...feelings...on the state of special ed and what it is and has been. So that's probably where you'll see ME commenting most. Hi!