Layla Guse Salah

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About Layla Guse Salah

Layla Guse Salah is a writer, public speaker and advocate for people with disabilities. Born with cerebral palsy, she is known for expressing strong opinions that challenge current notions and attitudes surrounding public awareness of disability. She aims to educate, inform and entertain; hoping to open people’s minds every step of the way.

Meaningful Goals Fuel Motivation

Motivation. What drives you. It's the reason you do something and why you care to do it. Motivation is an important key to perseverance. It is the end that justifies the means, especially when the means are sometimes not easy or pleasant. When working with a physiotherapist during your recovery from an injury, or when your physio asks you for “one more rep!”, it is important to always keep your motivations in mind. But how do you know what those motivations are? What truly motivates you? Guidance from a professional is key. In my experience, physiotherapists who helped me create [...]

By |2017-10-12T18:27:10+00:00July 24th, 2017|Physiotherapy|0 Comments

What It Feels Like to Walk with LiteGait Therapy Device

I have never felt disabled. I know I am disabled and feeling it and its physical effects are not what I’m contesting. I’m not delusional. I know I have a disability. I’m not ashamed of it either. I have always felt, possibly irrationally, as a child and even now as an adult like an able-bodied person trapped in a disabled person’s body. This sentiment would absolutely make a lot more sense if my disability were acquired partway through life, before such time I was able-bodied; but that’s not the case with me. I have cerebral palsy, an acquired brain injury [...]

By |2017-10-12T18:32:07+00:00June 28th, 2017|Living with Disability|0 Comments

Hands-On Cueing Improved Posture and Gait

My childhood and adolescence was peppered with physiotherapy. I didn’t spend Saturdays as a teen sleeping in – I was at physiotherapy, preparing for my patience to be tested. Specifically, I was at physiotherapy to address my standing posture and functional walking ability (aka gait). I have cerebral palsy, and I walked with my left foot turned in and up on my tiptoe with my left hip stuck out. To me, this didn’t feel unnatural; it was just what my body did. During my physiotherapy sessions, my therapists and mother would grab my left hip and push it in. I [...]

By |2017-10-12T18:26:47+00:00March 22nd, 2017|Cerebral Palsy|0 Comments

A Customized Wheelchair Improved My Mobility and Independence

When I was in high school, my friends and I almost never ate lunch in the cafeteria; everyone I hung out with lined the hallway floors. Sometimes, if I was feeling up to a little discomfort, I’d get out of my customized wheelchair and sit on the floor with them –it was nice to get down on their level every once and a while, considering how often they did it for me. “Ninety-five per cent of my waking life is spent sitting in that chair, so yeah –it better be comfortable.” Over the years, I’ve let a handful of my [...]

By |2017-10-12T18:26:17+00:00February 15th, 2017|Accessibility|0 Comments