I am currently 32 years old, I have a disability called cerebral palsy and I am in a wheelchair. I was born with cerebral palsy and I have had three operations to try and manage it. My last operation went badly and I experienced very severe postoperative chronic pain for 10 years. In 2006, in what I believe is largely a miracle in combination with the right medication, the pain has gone away for the most part.
A little bit about my educational history
I started out in kindergarten in a special school for disabled children. I was then invited to enter my local public school system around first-grade, I was the first person in a wheelchair to be part of my local school system. Around the time I entered middle school, my local school system thought that I should go back to a school for disabled children; my local school system did not want to make the necessary accommodations (an elevator in the schools and a personal aide to help me with things like going to the bathroom and taking notes) but my parents and I fought to keep me in the public school system. I eventually graduated from my local high school and received a presidential scholarship from Ramapo College in Mahwah New Jersey, I chose to go there because of their very accessible campus. Unfortunately I had to withdraw from college after two years due to the severe pain I mentioned earlier.
A little bit about my history with technology and the Internet
I have been using computers all my life. My first computer was called the PET here is a link to the Wikipedia article on it my dad worked for digital equipment Corporation and he taught me all about technology and computers. I’ve been on the Internet since the early 90s before there was a World Wide Web, my first Internet service was MCI. I created my first personal website in 1995 it was called Rudyspace and it was on America Online’s free webspace.
I have created and maintain a social network using the Ning platform. The social network is devoted to disability issues and bringing disabled people together with the nondisabled. The address is http://www.disabilityresourceexchange.com/
I use a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking to do my writing; its voice dictation software, I talk and it types what I say.
I am currently using a Text-to-speech software program named Textaloud to do most of my reading on the Internet.
- To create a successful business from my websites and help other people with disabilities and health problems
- To eventually obtain my Ph.D. in clinical psychology and write a book sometime in the future
It also has been one of my goals to have an enjoyable romantic life.
I am currently in a relationship with a beautiful and great woman named Janet who does not have a disability but is very supportive of my efforts to help other people with disabilities and health problems