Recognising the power of the internet:

As I starting growing up reading articles, stories social media posts about the Syndrome I was born with

 As I became more aware of so much information available on the internet. I slowly started recognising the fact it is okay not to be ‘normal’, so I have nothing to be ashamed about. With the internet constantly telling me stories and information about people with disabilities. I started viewing myself differently, I had become more positive and confident with myself.  It made me recognize the power of the internet. This something I will illustrate through all my blog posts.

One Twitter post or blog can become viral within seconds due to the power of the internet. For example, the following Tweet:‘Every retweet this gets, Pedigree will donate one bowl of dog food to dogs in need! #tweetforbowls.’It was a campaign that was published on the 13th of February, 2015. It had gone viral and reached to all the people on Twitter. Within 48 hours it had accomplished the goal of donating 210 kilograms of food to the dog shelters.  This highlights how the internet can contribute to initiating a positive change in society.

The internet is powerful as shown with the example above because it is one of the most effective tools in reaching millions of people across the web in no time without cost. However the focus is not always on the reach, it is about the understanding and awareness that is developed by the power of the internet.  When a person expresses their own perspective across the web it creates awareness as it is shared with other people on the web, forcing people to look at situations from another person’s perspective.

#Disabled but cute campaign:

The social media campaign on Twitter’disabled but cute encouraged the community to share photos of themselves that make them feel attractive or adorable. It is a  brilliant integration of redefining self-love with unapologetic visibility. This hashtag started with Keah Brown, who suffers from body insecurity as she has cerebral palsy, a condition that can affect a person’s movement and she felt as though  that there was a “There is a common misconception that disabled people are not attractive.”  she called on others to share photos of themselves that made them proud. While Keah wasn’t exactly expecting her tweet to become viral, # DisabledAndCute. People with both visible and invisible disabilities, of different races, sexual orientations, and genders, responded by posting their own photos with Keah’s hashtag, on Twitter and beyond.

Digitalisation :

Through the years as society has advanced, digitalisation has impacted the way people look at learning disabilities. The internet being a part of our daily lives now has become a platform for people to share their stories. For example, the influential online magazine   Scoop whoop which has a strong presence online make it their responsibility to spread awareness about topics that need attention. This article specifically criticizes how society treats people with  Down Syndrome. When articles like these are written by such brings about recognition it needs as it is viewed and shared by a lot of people.

There many articles online now This article, in particular, discusses how society has ignored disabilities and have reached out to a lot of people around the globe within seconds and made people more socially aware and understanding of the people in society around them. It is extremely important to post such socially relevant topics online as with millennial age the internet is seen as a key source of information for people.

Internet Empowering The People Of Today:

Another factor, the internet is considered empowering as information is easily accessible at any time. People have the ability to research, learn and understand properly about a disability. This is especially the case for parents who have the responsibility of bringing up children with a learning disability.

Emotions such as empathy and compassion are generated in people when they hear or read about other people’s stories and journey. This is why people who are tackling things such as learning disabilities have started sharing their experiences. Famous people like Lisa King have shared their stories online which can be very inspiring and uplifting for people going through the same struggle as them. Through the internet, people get access to such story which gives them hope.

 “I had trouble concentrating in school, and it really affected my grades and self-confidence. I had to work and try very hard to get ahead. I think that learning those skills and pushing myself helped me become the person that I am. [ADHD] inspired a work ethic in me that I may not have had if I hadn’t had those struggles growing up. ”

Lisa king .journalist and member of Understood’s Board of Advocates.

 

Why did I choose this Topic?

This can also be highlighted with an example of my personal experience. One of the primary reasons I chose ‘the digital impact on learning disabilities ‘ as a topic for my blog was that I have a learning disability myself, I feel  personally connected it, and I felt it was my responsibility to share how the internet helped me learn a lot about myself and gave me the platform to spread awareness., people have read it, and slowly have become aware of the existence of such a disability and I have started to feel more fully understood. Through the power of the internet which has created awareness within seconds, I have been able to express a voice unheard before.