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Day 2075: Changing the narrative about differently-abled people

Sometimes if you want the narrative to change you have to change the narrative – that’s what I’ve realized.


It’s 12 : 48 PM on day 2075 of my journey towards independence and I managed to pray, read Mathew 25: 25-34, have breakfast, learn one new thing – The five toes on a raccoon’s front paws are extremely dexterous, functioning essentially as five little fingers which allow it to grasp and manipulate food it finds in the wild as well as a variety of other objects, including doorknobs, jars, and latches.– and work on my  25 Smiles Campaign   – A chechi who I think would prefer to remain anonymous donated $25 (thanks so much chechi 🙂 ) which brings the total raised to $5 774 only $476 more to raise before Jan 10 2017 (SO SO SO GRATEFUL to everyone who has supported this campaign so far 🙂).


Yesterday I recorded a message to the media because I wanted to do my part to change the story being told about differently-abled people. Watch “My message to the media about the differently-abled” below:

Day 1881: Suffers from Cerebral Palsy?

Language is very powerful the words we use to describe people could define them if they let it – that’s what I want the media to know.


It’s  12 :  26  PM on day 1891 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, pray,  read Acts 26, publish my Disability of the Day feature, publish my Kid of the Week feature, learn one new thing –Definitions for recondite 1).
dealing with very profound, difficult, or abstruse subject matter: a recondite treatise.
2) beyond ordinary knowledge or understanding; esoteric: recondite principles.
3) little known; obscure: a recondite fact.–  have breakfast and work on my future project.


A few days ago I read an article about a great young woman who just happens to have Cerebral Palsy in the article it was said that she “suffers from” Cerebral Palsy now while it is true that a life with Cerebral Palsy is harder than a life without I think most people with Cerebral Palsy would agree that we are not sufferers of any kind we don’t wake up thinking I have Cerebral Palsy my life sucks we get up and face the day like everybody else working around any extra obstacles that we may encounter.

Day 1782: Why is it such a big deal when differently-abled children get adopted?

Children are a heritage from the Lord,

offspring a reward from him.


– Psalm 127: 3


It’s 1 :  20 PM on day 1782  of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth,  pray, read Matthew 14,    publish my Disability of the Day feature, learn one new thing – the vast majority (more than 90 percent) of bird species are monogamous. That doesn’t necessarily mean mating for life. Some species are monogamous for just one breeding season. – have breakfast, make sandwiches for Cynthia’s ( our housekeeper’s) neighborhood with mom’s help as part of  Virginia’s Sandwich Run – (thank you sisi Cynthia  for all your help) –    and  promote my Educate Generations campaign – $3 372 raised so far (thanks everyone :) )


Recently while on Facebook I came across a story about a couple adopting a girl who has Down Syndrome from China and although I was happy for the little girl and the family I hated the article because it made the adoptive couple seem like saints for adopting the girl with Down Syndrome meanwhile that little girl will give to her adoptive family  as much as they give to her I hate it when the media perpetuates this idea that differently-abled people are burdens on society people like me and that little girl have much to contribute to this world because we’ve had to learn how to do things differently.

Day 1137: My call for positive movies about “disability”

For the world to see differently-abled people differently the media needs to start portraying differently-abled people differently–that’s what I keep realizing.


It’s 12 : 25 PM on day 1137 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray, brush my teeth, read 1 Kings 17,   publish my Disability of the Day feature,   practice sitting up straight to strengthen my core muscles,   feed myself  Bran Flakes for breakfast,  stretch my hamstrings, spend time outside and listen to music.


This morning I was thinking about movies and how differently-abled people are portrayed in movies all the movies I watched about “disability” have left me feeling sad and hopeless which is really unfortunate because there are a great many differently-abled people who have made their mark on the world whose stories deserve to be told.

Day 1087: How the media portrays differently-abled people and why it matters?

“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” ― Jim Morrison


It’s 12  : 00 PM on day 1087 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to pray,  brush my teeth, read 1 Samuel 21,  feed myself  boiled egg and Bran Flakes for breakfast,    publish my Disability of the Day feature,  tweet and Facebook about my campaign -nobody donated so far today –  and practice sitting up straight to strengthen my core muscles.


This morning I was thinking about how the media portrays differently-abled people I know differently-abled people who are lawyers, authors and comedians and yet the media only chooses to show the world differently-abled people who are completely dependent on others and as a result people see us as incompetent I wish the media would be a little more balanced in the way they portray differently- abled people yes I do need a lot of help but I’m also capable of helping. Do you see only what the media shows you?

Day 191

The media is making parenting very difficult – that’s what I learned today 🙁

It’s 9: 16  PM on day 191 of my journey towards independence and I’ve managed to brush my teeth, feed myself rice and curry for lunch,  tweet about my Clean Water For All Campaign for a few hours – no luck – and watch TV.

This evening I was watching my brother watching WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment – and I realized with great sadness that the media was responsible for the increase in violence and promiscuity amongst kids having said that I would like to tell all the boys and girls out there that you don’t have to get into fights and have sex to be cool and have fun just ask my friends Sophie (@SophieBrown95 on Twitter) and Kendall –Sophie is a 16-year-old from the UK who’s raising money to raising money to build a school for village children in South-West Uganda while Kendall from the USA founded Kids Caring 4 Kids – an organization which aims to raise awareness and money for AIDS orphans and other highly venerable kids in Africa and to inspire kids to care for others in need – in 2004 at the tender age of 11. Are you parenting on autopilot or do actively seek out positive role models for your children?