Sometimes people look at me and all they see is my wheelchair. At Cotting School, my teachers and friends see everything about me, without labels. I am smart, I love to learn, I have great taste in music, and I’m really good at making friends.
I have Cerebral Palsy, which is a brain injury that makes it difficult for me to control my muscles. In addition to CP I have vision impairments. I don’t see and I don’t speak the way a lot of other kids my age do. Sometimes adults and other kids assume that I don’t know what is going on around me, but I am very aware.
At Cotting School I’ve made many friends. Every day at school, I work with people who help me overcome my challenges and teach me things like Math and Science. In my classroom I’m writing stories and learning about the weather! I receive therapies while I’m at school, too.
Afterschool is the most fun because I get to do things with my friends. I play baseball and soccer. I enjoy getting to know new people and I try new things. With the support of my family, my school, and my friends I get to participate in all kinds of things.
My Mom and I recently spoke at the State House in Boston, Massachusetts to advocate for Special Education Circuit Breaker funding. You can watch us here to learn more!