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How the Pandemic Made Work Accessible to Me as a Person With Cerebral Palsy

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I’ve had cerebral palsy (CP) since birth, and I’ve been a wheelchair user since the age of 3. Even when I was young, I recognized that my wheelchair held me back a bit — I couldn’t go on bouncy castles at birthday parties and I couldn’t go on overnight school trips, for instance — but it never really bothered me.

It was just the status quo. Other wheelchair users had similar experiences, so it was fine. It was just part and parcel of living my life on wheels.

As I got older, particularly in my senior year of high school, it started to bother me a little bit more. I felt a little left behind as seemingly everyone around me was getting a part-time job in malls or superstores.

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