Friends Sometimes Don't Believe My Disability

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Postby Hermionefan5 » Wed Apr 13, 2005 3:06 pm

Sometimes people seem to think that I don't really have a disability. Does that happen to any of you? I posted some of the things that are charactristic of dyspraxics on my door because I wanted people to know more about the disability I have, but it has caused people to think that I don't have a disability sometimes. I was talking with someone yesterday and they were like "Well, everyone has those problems." Not everyone has them to my extent. I didn't seem to know how to explain that it was different for dyspraxics. :( It is hard to explain my disability if some of my friends don't believe I have one!! :blink: :unsure:

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Postby SomeT1 » Wed Apr 13, 2005 8:44 pm

I have the exact same problem, no one even believes me at work! Its really annoying, one of my housemates even discriminates me for it because he can not understand it.
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Postby Philip » Wed Apr 13, 2005 9:25 pm

I agree - some people do not believe me at work or are unaware that I have some diffcults and probably think I am taking the easy way out.
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Postby SpursFan » Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:40 pm

I think that the reason that people have a problem accepting something like dyspraxia is due to the fact that it's not a very 'visible' disability. Most people with dyspraxia have normal intelligence and look like everyone else.


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Postby Hermionefan5 » Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:20 pm

That's true.

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Postby SpursFan » Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:40 pm

Is that a picture of one of the Cubs' player?


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Postby Hermionefan5 » Sun Apr 17, 2005 9:49 pm

Yes it is!! NOMAR GARCIAPARRA!! He is one of my favorites. :D He plays shortstop for them. He is married to MIA HAMM the soccer star.

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Postby slinky_malinki » Mon Apr 18, 2005 6:11 pm

Have you tried sending them to www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk?
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Postby Helen » Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:45 pm

or you could always send them here! ;)
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Postby Philip » Mon Apr 18, 2005 8:47 pm

Some good comments so far
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Postby Ruth » Thu Apr 21, 2005 9:24 am

It is hard to explain to people. Everyone falls over sometimes! Most people forget things. Not everyone has good balance. My problems with dyspraxia are common problems, everyone does them sometimes, just not everyday. My mum doesn't think I have anything wrong with me, which is very kind and loyal of her.

Interestingly most of my friends display a range of dyspraxic symptoms to a greater or lesser extent. I think I feel happier with people that bump into things too! I currently have only 4 bruises which is good, I haven't been anywhere new for a few days.

Not everyone knows and I wonder if I can keep it that way.

What do you guys say if people don't believe you?

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Postby Hermionefan5 » Fri Apr 29, 2005 9:00 pm

Especially I think my dyspraxia is pretty mild. I do a lot of dyspraxic things, but I don't fall over every day or spill things every day. Most of my dyspraxia has to do with social cues. People don't notice that very much because I am more confident in myself in those situations now. Plus they know that people sometimes are just shy. Also, like many dyspraxics, I am of normal intellegence so it makes them think, "well, then, you are not really very disabled are you?" <_<
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Postby slinky_malinki » Sat Apr 30, 2005 1:43 pm

Specific learning difficulties are nothing to do with intellect!

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Postby david456 » Sun May 01, 2005 8:29 pm

Difficulties and disabilities are two different things. Don't write yourself off before you have even started. Part of the brain has been damaged by Dyspraxia, so you have to work twice as hard to teach another part of your brain.
I don't see this as a disability but as a disadvantage, that's all.
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Postby Hermionefan5 » Fri May 06, 2005 5:20 am

Difficulties and disabilities are two different things. Don't write yourself off before you have even started. Part of the brain has been damaged by Dyspraxia, so you have to work twice as hard to teach another part of your brain.
I don't see this as a disability but as a disadvantage, that's all.


THat's a good way to look at it! :lol: :D B) :)
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