The Disabilities Meeting Place to Share and Help Each Other

I have dyslexia which made school particularly challenging to me. I grew up in a society which, until recently, often taught dyslexic children they had no future.

But I was fortunate, my parents did not ignore my difficulties. I was not going to lose at a game whose rules I did not understand. They encouraged and supported me. They found people who helped me understand what dyslexia is, and how to make use of my strengths. Of course there is no cure or magic trick to get over dyslexia. But with strong efforts I proved wrong those who told me I had no future. I graduated high school, then college and now work in a library for education and human development. Probably the last place any of the naysayers expected someone to end up, who had struggled so hard to read.

I remember in middle school, the teacher asked each of us what we would like to do when we grew up. I said I wanted to help people with disabilities. I was surprised that my peers laughed at me. I was a little shaken up, and asked my dad what he thought. He said to me, “I think you should follow your heart.”

My passion to advocate for people with disabilities stems from the difficulties I had and continue to face, from my desire to learn from and share with others, from my strong drive to see change, and from the people that supported me along the way.

A little while ago, I told my dad, who is a website consultant, that I wanted to create a website which would connect people to the information or support they needed.  He jumped at the opportunity and we began HandiNews International. It is great working together as a team and building a resource that has the potential to be of great value.  We decided to create a forum for people to share their stories, to help each other.

I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to create this forum, and I hope it will be useful for you.

Please share your story with us!

Catherine Gogel V1

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