I would be interested to find out how many people living with a disability, have had difficulty learning. For many years I carried guilt for not having achieved in school.
When it comes to cerebral palsy, the more we try to concentrate, the slower the brain works. When we try too hard to learn, brain fatigue sets in. Learning often has to be done in stages so that we can grasp what’s being taught.
I had problems with concentration. I was slow to learn and was considered lazy because I struggled to start and compete tasks and in school couldn’t learn. My course work was never detailed enough and teachers didn’t ask the questions that would have helped me do better. My lack of abilities were put down to me.
Now years on and although I wasn’t great in a class room situation, I have now enrolled on a couple of long distance courses, enrolling on subjects I have an interest in. I am studying Diet and Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy and Nutrition.
I have passed them with Distinctions. I now finally have diplomas behind me, which I use to great advantage in my home-life because they are all to do with health and wellbeing, which I feel is very important, more so because I deal with cerebral palsy.
I have broken the mould, finally and have gone on to prove that it was never about me not being capable. I believe everyone is. With being able to find a different way to learn, I believe anyone can do what they set their sights on.