On today's episode I sit down with Caylin Mansfield a person who in recent years haas grown to accept herself as a person with Cerebral Palsy and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. We talk about how Caylin unlearned the behaviours taught by her family to hide her disability, the importance of studying the culture of the past in order to improve accessibility in the present. Most important of all you should never be afraid to be who you are.
If you'd like to get a custom made Spotify playlist based on your energy from Caylin or you want to check out some of her work as a poet click the links below
Until next time Keep Calm and Roll on.
Model/ Content Creator
my name Caylin I’m 23 years old, I’m from San Diego CA. I was born premature at 24 weeks and I live with spastic hemiplegia (cerebral palsy) and was diagnosed at 2 years old. Im also neurodivergent and live with autoimmune issues, as well as severe anxiety. Mental health is really important to me and something I talk about and take very seriously. I love all things advocacy, social justice, music and coffee. As a disabled person it’s made me very introspective from a young age and that’s melded into me loving poetry and writing / public speaking as a way to express what I’m feeling. A huge interest of mine is music & specifically playlist curating as I have synesthesia and so I see & feel colors, I feel music very intensely and everything has its own correspondence, so I use that as an intuitive way to make playlists for either people based on their energy or whatever comes to mind. It’s kind of like getting a tarot reading but with music. Living with synesthesia really brightens up my world in a very interesting way. It feels like I’m a creative director 24/7. I’m currently going back to school to major in cultural anthropology in hopes that furthers me in my advocacy / modeling work to broaden my knowledge. I struggle in academics because of my disability but I take my time because I know it’s something I’ll benefit from. What’s also important to me is that I’m very open about my sexuality as a disabled person. I’m a lesbian and that wasn’t always the most exciting thing to my conservative family. I have a very rocky relationship with my parents as they never understand how ableist they can be. Among other things. I never thought I’d be able to be proud let alone move out on my own. I live with my amazing partner ell of 2 years and we have a beautiful cat named tarot. Navigating the world disabled is always a whole other ballgame but I’ve become very confident in always standing up for myself and never being afraid anymore to try new things and put myself out there.