Well I woke up Sunday morning
With no way to hold my head, that didn’t hurt
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad
So I had one more for dessert
Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes
And found my cleanest dirty shirt
Then I washed my face and combed my hair
And stumbled down the stairs to meet the day – Sunday morning Johnny cash.
Like any normal 24-year old I enjoy going out to the bar and grabbing a beer every now and then but when you have a condition like cerebral palsy it makes going to a place like a bar very interesting. Because there are not many handicap assessable bars for people like me I make it work since I refused to not live my life because of my cerebral palsy.
So how do I navigate when going to a bar with Cerebral palsy – the first thing I look at my surroundings and try to find a comfortable spot without inconveniencing anybody. If I decide to go alone without my caregiver to give me a sense of independents to make the situation easier I do one simple thing socialize with people.
Honestly being sociable at a bar makes me less nervous about my disability and the things I can’t do because of the situation I am in as a young woman who has a condition but wants to feel just the same as everyone’s else in society.
4 tips for going to the bar
Tip 1: I would give to those heading to a bar with a disability like myself is bringing your cups or staws from home due to my uncontrollable spasms that come at any time have a hard time picking up the glass so to avoid any accidents I bring my own cups from home.
Tip 2: Always be aware of your surroundings and if you feel uncomfortable with someone or something speak out about it since not everyone has good intentions towards you and having cerebral palsy makes people think that they could easily take advantage of you because of your appearance.
Tip 3: Make sure before you head out the door to call a close family member or a friend to let them know which bar you’re going to be at just in case there’s an emergency and you can’t necessarily get in emergency and you can’t necessarily get an Uber or a lift right way they could come to the rescue
Tip 4: This is the most important tip of them all, be aware of your limitation when it comes to drinking although an able-bodied needs to do this we need to do this as your body reacts differently from others. For example, in my case, I can’t have too many shots of Jack Daniels because my body becomes inflamed for drinking too much and it could trigger my mild epilepsy if I’m not careful.
But ultimately you should go to a bar if you haven’t been to one and try it out for yourself you never know the people you will meet it may surprise you
About The Author
Tylia Flores is a 24-year-old born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination to make a difference in the world. Through her many life challenges and obstacles, she discovered her passion for writing. Tylia’s goal in life is to share her stories with the world.