Sense and Disability

occasionally pink-haired traveller, often spotted with blue cane.

Archive for November, 2007


Posted by Chelsey on November 7, 2007

Dear Carly,

I know, it may seem like there is only a “Chelsey” in this, but Carly is a senior in high school and thus her school work eats her. Please forgive.

Yes, that subject up there is a reference to Sixteen Candles. It is also what I am planning on begging my parents for in the near future. They will receive a detailed, several page reaoning, but for now let me just say that:

My campus is VERY small. But I live on Greek Row, at the very end. Whenever I want to do something after classes, I stand a very small chance of getting a ride without making myself pathetic and whipping out the phone which invariably takes longer than it would for me to just hoof it. Said hoofing it takes me longer than anyone else, with my bag (which is heavy) it is worse.

My back hurts when I do it, from my books, my legs hurt and it cannot be good for my bad knees. A car would eliminate this and possibly back problems later in life. I would be able to keep books in there, and thus not even carry them to lunch etc. I could even take them back to my room in between classes (=more sleep at night)! I could do work between classes for the classes the next day without having to carry all of that with me!

Even if they don’t want me driving off of campus, it is much easier to say: “Want to go to Starbucks with me? We can take my car,” than, “Um…. could you please maybe drive me to (my dorm/class/lunch)”. Better social interaction!

My body would be less run down, my legs less swollen and I would be less tired. Less dependency. Win-win!

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To Go With Our Subtitle

Posted by Chelsey on November 2, 2007

Dear Carly,

Blue parking spaces. The main actual benefit to having a disability, yes?

Then why doesn’t the rest of the world realize this? On Halloween night I went out with some friends. We had my permit (of course), and thus we used it. When my friend’s boyfriend commented that “he needed to get himself one of those” he didn’t understand why I said I’d kill him if he did (that wouldn’t work very well, really, he’s large.)

Okay, so, I can walk. Lots of people with permits can’t, and there are days when I can’t either. When even the handicapped spots seem far away from the door. And then Sonya left it in Eric’s car. So we didn’t have it at the mall today. And that’s not cool.

My favorite thing, though, is when I’m with my friends and one of them hops out of the car first and everyone around us looks at them, and then back to the permit hanging on the windshield, and then back at them. And then I get out.

I also hate when people who don’t have a disability, are not picking up anyone with a disability or anything of the sort pull into a space and are surprised when I leave them a note that says: “where’s your permit?”

I mean, really. What do they think, that we just park in them because we’re lazy? Please.

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Let’s Get It Started

Posted by Chelsey on November 1, 2007

Welcome to Sense and Disability! This is a blog co-written my myself and my best friend Carly. Aside from being teenagers who love various and sundry things such as Grey’s Anatomy, books, purses and cell phones we both have disabilities.

So this blog is about us, and our adventures! 😀

This blog has been created for multiple reasons. First of all, it’s a place for us to share our experiences, cooky as they may be. Second of all, it’s a place that will be used for details on a project that we’ve been working on, more details later.

But before any of that you should know who we are! I’m Chelsey. I’m eighteen, a sophomore at Oglethorpe University, and I have a disability. It’s called Dermatosparaxis, which is a form of Ehlers-Danlos that causes easy brusing and tearing of the skin. It also causes other lovely side-effects such as short stature, (I’m a whooping 4″6′), low vision, joint infections and other fun things.

I’m also a writer, I speak French, I’m obssessed with London and Shakespeare, I knit (check my knitting blog) And I’m best friends with my co-blogger, the wacky Carly. So, that’s our world. Welcome to it!

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