It’s never too early to educate children about disability awareness. I had the opportunity to talk with students from Meeting Street Academy in Charleston, S.C.
Ranging in age from three to nine years old, the student’s curious minds were eager to learn about my wheelchair and how I live my life with a disability. I showed them videos of how I drive my van and how I went wall climbing. Many of them asked questions about how I was injured and how I get in to the bath tub. It was exciting to see them think about what is required for me to get ready each day.
Near the end of my presentation, one little boy asked, “How fast does your wheelchair go?” I was hoping someone would ask that question, and, of course, I had to demonstrate the top speed of my chair.
It felt as if I was on a drag racing strip! I started at one end of the cafeteria and went full throttle until I reached the other end. The students clapped with excitement as I came to a stop.
It was really rewarding to share my story of living with a disability. I am thankful to Lori LeFevre, my tennis instructor, and the other teachers of Meeting Street Academy for inviting me to share my story of living with a disability.