My teachers and friends see everything about me, without labels.

March 15, 2018

Mrs. Kerr and her student Morty working at the computer.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!

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