It’s A Whole New World

Self-isolation, social distancing, COVID 19. These are new terms for me. My world has changed a great deal since March. I have faced new challenges and learned new skills that I will be able to use after quarantining is over.

I am no longer attending school and the thrift store I volunteer at is closed. I am not meeting my friends at Special Olympics anymore. I have not been to a grocery store, library, or a community center since February, however, I am staying active, positive, and well connected with my peers in new ways. I am having lots of fun doing homework, cooking, and baking with my family. This uses my math, science, and reading skills.

It really IS a whole new world… I am excited I have learned to use various ways of virtual communication. For example, I have been using Zoom Conferencing to connect with my peers. Through Zoom, I am able to continue to participate in SAS and Toastmasters. Every week, I get to see my friends on my computer. We share lots of good stories and even some funny jokes.

I am using Zoom to connect with my occupational therapist every week. We are working on a free self-help program through ANXIETY CANADA, called “My Anxiety Plan.” Also, Special Olympics and Becky Lynch from WWE have created great workout routines that are available free online. I practice these videos every day so I can stay physically active and connected with Special Olympics. I am excited that I have learned a new skill while self-isolating! Recently, I began riding a 3 wheel scooter around my neighborhood every day while practicing social distancing. This all helps me manage the stress and anxiety I feel as my world is changing.

I am looking forward to when I can see my family and friends in person again. In the meantime, I am enjoying seeing everybody through Facetime and texting regularly. I am doing well, overcoming challenges, and learning new skills every day in this new world of ours.

Written by Jeevan Basra, Self-Advocate of Semiahmoo, SAS member, originally published on

UNITI is the partnership of three affiliated societies that have provided important community services for decades. Semiahmoo House Society provides quality services and supports to people with disabilities and their families in Surrey and White Rock. Peninsula Estates Housing Society provides affordable and inclusive housing that reflects the diversity of our community. The Semiahmoo Foundation assures that UNITI has the recognition, relationships, and resources to support an inclusive community. Together we’re stronger!

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