There are many different things that define us and help create our identities. Our roles vary from our profession to our personal lives. In the past people with disabilities have only been identified and classified as being disabled, and were often judged by their weakness and limitations leading to misconceptions. Just like everyone else, people with disabilities have interests, talents and strengths. Their disability is only part of their life and should not consume their lives. In recent years there has been in a shift in perception in seeing the person first with their disability as second. The main purpose of people first is to focus on strengths to help them create who they are, which will lead to higher self-esteem, self worth and a positive self-image. The key is to use the positive energy to make accommodations for any limitations. When we view a disability as a challenge to overcome this will defeat any frustrations or negative energy. We all have unique gifts to be shared and valued. I am proud of the roles that create my own identity, ranging from wife, yogini to columnist and activist. My disabilities are a positive influence to be compassionate, strong, and fearless and a fighter.

3 Responses to “Identity”

  1. Meredith LeBlanc
    April 27th, 2011 09:41

    I’m proud of you and the work you do, I think you rock Carrie!


  2. Brooks Hall
    April 27th, 2011 14:21

    Wise woman!

  3. Anna Guest-Jelley
    April 27th, 2011 14:22

    Love this! I think this is so profound for all of us–people first. Thank you for your inspiration!!

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