Social media is very important. Many people are worried about using social media because of cyber-bullying. This is a very real concern. Neal reports on his experience.
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Who I am
My name is Neal. I am disabled. I have cerebral palsy. I also have a speech impediment. I have many skills. I like to empower young people to achieve their full potential. This is my strength.
What I do
I have been a community volunteer for 11 years now. I volunteer with AbPhab, DABD and the local authority.
I can’t tell you how much I rely on social media. It is such a good way to connect with my colleagues. It is surprising how many disability and other organisations are turning to social media. They are using social media to have a presence on twitter and to engage with potential members or clients with a disability. Disabled people need twitter skills so they can articulate what they need or want or think. Twitter is instant
What types of social media I use
I use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Skype.
My worst social media experience
I was hacked on twitter and it affected me badly because someone started posting things from my account but it wasn’t coming from me. It made me feel sick. I deleted my account straight away but I didn’t use Twitter for about 6 months because I didn’t feel safe. It meant that I couldn’t keep up with news and I couldn’t comment and read about important social issues.