My Experience in Parenting a Disabled Child, and what I learned along the way. How to have vision when the eyes don’t see it. Part III

High School graduation is such an important time in ones life. I was such a proud parent of my daughter and all of her accomplishments. With each obstacle she overcame she became a much stronger and determined young lady. (1) As a parent it has been my experience to allow your child to explore and trust the universe. (2) Allow them space and opportunity to be inventive. (3) Pull the positive out of them and applaud them with their successes. Small steps will encourage larger steps.

(4) We as parents should be our children’s biggest supporters and mentors. What are your child’s gifts, what make them unique? If its not readily noticeable , create something with them. Recite poems. Play and instrument, be artistic. I would give my daughter assignments to keep her thinking and using her brain power as much as possible. One of the things I did to keep her engaged was challenged her to write with her left hand. She really liked doing that. Help them to be creative,

(5) Give your child a platform to express their opinions. This is teaching them to be confident and engaging with others. I always told her , you are who you are, so be the best version of that uniqueness No Apologies. This platform has been one of the best avenues that has given her the personality and charisma she exudes to this day. This has also been a huge factor in her excelling and graduating from college. When so many people told her she wouldn’t succeed in graduating from a major university due to her low vision, she was more opinionated and determined to keep going.

Let me be clear, my role in her life was to boost her forward and be the cheerleader and coach. I thank God for my parents and their belief that all things are possible with God. Therefore I truly believed that Eryn was destined for greatness and that’s how I gave her the gift of hope. I knew that the medical report didn’t align with college success, but I wanted to stretch her destiny as far as possible. My mind set was, let’s see what we can do, with what we have. When we visited the eye doctors they were so amazed with the “how”factor. The how factor is, how are you seeing when the optic nerve is severely damaged and a coloboma is ever present. These are mysteries yet to be discovered.

College graduation is upon us. Allow us to pause, four years prior , things have changed and evolved. Her graduating from high school was viewed as impossible, she graduated with honors and was in the top two percent of her class. There was many sighted and intelligent people who started out with her but only a few was on the university stage with her. This is the young lady who was given a bleak life path. We knew there would be major struggles and obstacles but I signed up for the long term effect. I can’t stress enough to parents, love ones, and care takers, never give up on your disabled chid. Give them hope, encouragement, love, patience and other ingredients for healthy adventures. You’ll be proud of the outcome and others will benefit from your finished achievements. These are tips I used with my disabled chid on how to have vision when the eyes don’t see it.

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