On any medical sheet, website of whatever I am considered severely disabled. Just because I was born with my disability, growing up, I never thought I was different and I have my parents and family to thank for that. I have always strived to live my life normally. I want to be just like everyone else.

The main adaptation that I needed in my life was a wheelchair. That’s about it.

For me disability has never been a defining feature. For me, the definition of disability is when a part of your body doesn’t function properly so that adaptations are necessary to live your life independently. Obviously, the parts of my body are the limbs that aren’t there. The main adaptation that I needed in my life was a wheelchair. That’s about it.

So when I see disability or when I work with students with disability I want them to use their disability as an asset that is a part of them. Because it is, they have to work harder and in the process they will have learned more about themselves, they will achieve more, and move forward. So when I think about disabilities I don’t think of differences.  I think about assets and adaptations, not limitations!

Moving Beyond Disability