Friday, December 13, 2013

Obstacles to learning new skills – tips and supports to overcome my writing obstacles

Living with Cerebral Palsy all my life is not holding me back.  I am always learning new skills but it takes me more time than other people.   Writing blogs can help me in a couple of ways with my writing skills. I do research on the topics that I choose to write about when I’m blogging in order to stimulate my ideas.  I think knowledge about a topic is always helpful when you write.  Also, when I go online and do research on the topic, I can learn more about what the person is talking about in their writing and how they use their words to explain it.
When I get stuck I can also leave it alone and come back to it later when I am more motivated.  I have learned that taking a break can help me to focus better.
Building my confidence is important with my level of comfort with writing.  In order to brush up on technical abilities with words and grammar, I have decided to take a writing fundamentals course.  I would like to be able to edit and proof read my own work and feel confident with the end results.

I need to remember to read each word out loud to see if it makes sense when I am writing. I don't read every word out loud and sometime I don't read my work over. This means my work does not make sense to me when I do.  And so it isn’t going to make sense to the other people reading it.  I know now that I need to practice reading out loud.  This will help me do better with assignments.  It allows me to hear what I have said and fix my errors.
I want and need to keep working on my writing because I have a story to tell. The people I want to reach through my story are the people who have kids with life challenges.  And also, I want my story to help kids that have no idea about people who have life challenges.

I am motivated to push myself beyond obstacles in life because I know I will be more confident in myself and my work.  Becoming a better writer means that what I learn I can apply to my stories and to publishing works that I am proud of.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Supports in our society for people in Canada with life challenges....

In Canada there are numerous provincial governments. Each of these provinces has different kinds of programs for people who have a disability. In Alberta, where I live, one program is called AISH.  AISH is a low monthly income for people who have a disability. It stands for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH).

Right now (2014) we are able to make 800 per month as additional income.   If this increases, the government reduces our base amount from AISH.  In the past, people were able to make up to 400 for every month but having the option of making an extra 400 can open more opportunities.
Some Albertans with life challenges due to a disability may be unable to work or to find suitable employment and must rely on AISH alone.  It isn’t a great deal of money but it can make a difference.  

PDD funds programs and services to help adults with developmental disabilities all over Alberta.  It stands for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD). There are different programs out there that people use for supports.  It all depends on the person who has the challenge and what he or she wants/needs for their life. These programs can vary from province to province.  If the person doesn’t know what they want or need, it is important to find a program that will help them figure this out.

For example, I work with PASC.   This stands for Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary.  I have support three days every week which help with my writing skills and enables me to discover ways to improve on a book about my life and getting it publish. PASC encourages me with everything that I want to do.  This includes getting out in the community and spending time exercising at the Recreation Center.  The people there also helped me with going back to school to get a diploma in Web Graphics Design. I finished the school program and was able to work for two years.  I have since decided to start my own business doing freelance websites and I also plan to take some writing courses.  Support can help anyone sort through what is available in their area of Canada. For me, I am focused on greater independence as I learn and grow in my life.