Growing up with a major disability forced me to deal with many difficult situations. As I got older I wondered how I could make it easier on youngsters who are going through the same obstacles that I experienced 30 years ago.
When people see me, they see what I have achieved. However, they don’t know what I had to overcome. Yes I overcame my disability, but I also overcame the stereotype that people with disabilities can’t achieve high goals in athletics and academics because people think you’re mentally disabled.
I wrote a children's book about two years ago to help make children with disabilities realize that it is possible to fit in to a regular school. If you read my book, you'll see a progressive character that illustrates what Travis deals with throughout his first year of school.
I feel this book can help many children disabled and able-bodied alike. It will help children accept people who are different. I also hope the book assists disabled children to transfer into the public schools. This can be a difficult transformation, but I hope my story can help. I think schools would all benefit from having this in their libraries. I promise all children will learn a lesson from this tale!
I hope this story will promote inclusion of disabled children in public schools. Hopefully in the coming years able-bodied children will just see the person, not the disability. I hope to read this story to schools nationwide as well in our own community. I would love this story to be a series of books of inclusion. We have come a long way in 30 years. I hope I can help promote this even more.
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