This Ability!: Introducing a new perspective from the GC community
By Erin Breedlove
Welcome Bobcats, old and new, to the start of the Fall 2012 semester! I’m excited to embrace the challenges and successes that these months are sure to bring along to each and every one of you.
I’m equally excited to be writing “This Ability!,” a column that will bring you my perspective of college life as a student with a disability!
My name is Erin Breedlove, and I am a senior psychology major with cerebral palsy. Before you try and look it up, don’t. Just meet me first!
At Georgia College, diversity is valued, but there is so much work to be done in terms of valuing the perspectives of those of us with backgrounds that lend themselves to diversity.
Within “This Ability! “over the course of the semester, I hope to answer the questions that you have for me as a student with an everyday challenge, and I aspire to create an environment in which not only are people respected, but perspectives are understood.
Often, the reason that makes it difficult for you, perhaps as a student without a disability, to understand our points of view is that it’s equally difficult at times for students like me to be outgoing enough to share their experiences. Thus, I hope to be a voice, a guide and a liaison between my fellow students and the university community.
For now, however, I want us all to focus on enjoying the beauty that the Fall semester promises to bring.
If you have questions or topics you’d like to see me cover in the column throughout the semester, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to exploring ways in which I and other students can focus on making “this ability” work for us on campus and across the nation during this semester.
Follow Erin on Twitter at @erinrbreedlove, and see where she regularly blogs on her personal website, www.healthyunwealthywise.com