Hello and welcome to my first blog post on my new website. The purpose of this blog post is to illustrate the reasons why I would like to start a website in the first place. First, off I should probably start introducing myself (although if you are reading this, chances are you probably already know me so you can just skip this part if needed)
My name is Alan, I’m 20 years old from Ireland and living with quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. I don’t want to bore you with a bunch of medical crap, so here’s a few bits you need to know. Three days after I was born I had a bleed to the brain. This left me with cerebral palsy and needing to use a wheelchair ever since. Cerebral Palsy comes in many forms, In some people, it can affect one leg, some people in one finger, or others can be non-verbal. In that regard, I feel lucky as with my particular type it does not affect me mentally or verbally. My CP affects the ability of my hands and legs, hence when doing some writing a while back I saw a reference to my type of CP as the Goldilocks zone, in my opinion, it’s not too great, nor to shitty but just right. Don’t get me wrong it can be annoying having to rely on people for help doing most things, but you get used to it after a while. A lot of people consider disabled people to be inspirational and justify this with “if I was in your position I don’t know what I would do. Through my podcast, I’ve managed to speak to a load of different people with acquired disabilities and they all have pretty much the same outlook. It’s a bit of an adjustment at first, but once they get over the initial shock it just becomes normal life. Even for me born with a disability getting over the fact that I was disabled and it was actually not a bad thing. It took me quite a long time being the only kid in a wheelchair in mainstream School. I wish I had learnt this sooner and that’s why I set up Alans Accessible Adventures website. I set this up because I would love to get the opportunity to talk to kids that were growing up just like me and tell them that it’s ok to be different. Because if everybody else on the planet was the same, it would be really boring.
In 2021 and beyond I would really like to talk at events. It might be I guess digitally given the state of the world at the moment. As for the website I just want a place for all of my projects to live under one roof whether that be gaming, disability podcasts, or speaking, you can find it all here. Also the portfolio section I’m hoping will act as a stepping stone as I would love to work in media or speaking and just don’t know how to get there yet anyway. If I can help in any way you can help me choose what I want in my life don’t hesitate to have a look around this website and maybe get in contact if you think you can help.
That’s it for this blog post. I don’t know how many more blog posts I’ll do and it’ll probably just be sporadic or whenever I feel like it but if you follow me on social media (cheap plug I know ) You’ll be able to keep up with my accessible adventure but with that being said I’d like to thank you all for reading this chat soon