The Importance Of Disability At A Very Young Age When My Sister Was Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy

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I was introduced to the notion of disability at a very young age when my sister was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and developmental delay. Throughout my childhood and into adolescence, I got involved in volunteering at hospitals, special education classes and events focused on disability. This was the first step in allowing me to discover my interest in studying health. My bachelor’s education in Health Sciences at Western University opened my eyes to the barriers within healthcare delivery and the way health systems work. Although I found these topics very interesting, I was looking for a way to incorporate my curiosity about disability into my studies. Being on the executive committee of the Health Science Students Association, I had the opportunity to connect with many interesting people. I was notified by one of my peers that there was a Research Assistant opportunity within the Physical Therapy department, and was urged to do some research on Dr. Doreen Bartlett. When it came to my attention that Doreen was doing research that involved cerebral palsy I was immediately drawn to the study topic. Due to my personal experience with disability and cerebral palsy, I was able to connect with Doreen and have a deeper appreciation for the work she was carrying out. My involvement as a research assistant lead to an opportunity to continue my Masters degree under Doreen’s supervision. Dr. Bartlett’s main area of focus is cerebral palsy, and more

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