As I moved my power wheelchair off the elevator, I was stopped in a roadblock of people going through their NORMAL daily routines. A man, blocking a young lady in her wheelchair being assisted by another young lady, began speaking to the young lady in the wheelchair and saying, “Look into my eyes… Look into my eyes… One day you will be NORMAL again.”
After waiting the customary 30 seconds to see if the miracle was going to happen today, I began to voice my annoyance of being stopped in my NORMAL routine, especially since this was not the healing of the lepers’ line one could perceive it to be. And as we continued on I heard the young lady’s assistant say that her friend was NORMAL and for me that’s where the miracle would be found.
When people begin to stop judging others through their own fears and begin to take the time to look beyond what they associate with an abnormality in order to change their definition of what is actually NORMAL. Because this young lady in her wheelchair seemed pretty NORMAL to me; she was different, like everybody else. She was simply living her life like everyone else, and bravely I might add.
She was not hiding her differences from the world or feeling sorry for herself. She was not asking for anything, but this man somehow still felt compelled to donate his definition of being NORMAL. And that’s when I began to empathize thinking that if she did look into his eyes, she would see how blinded this individual truly was. But in hindsight she did not seem too annoyed by the whole experience.
And I began to realize that my frustrations, although warranted, would have been wasted in trying to argue all the reasons why this young lady was probably more NORMAL than the man she confronted coming off the elevator. I decided to do what I normally do in situations like this, which is to use it as a teaching moment and write about it in hopes to one day stop this from being a NORMAL situation.
I’ve teamed up with Funddreamer.org to launch the ‘Rolling with Willie’ campaign and help support Willie’s mission on promoting disability advocacy and awareness for all abilities.
A portion of the money raised will go towards funding the sequel to Willie’s story of new adventures and experiences.
Your donation will also allow us to continue our tradition of donating a portion of the books to libraries, day cares, and some lucky children chosen at random throughout our travels to different events.
Come see Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2014 crowned!
Admission is free!
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Massachusetts Hospital School
at the Finnegan’s Gym
3 Randolph St. Canton Ma 02021
disAbilities Expo 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Crowning Ceremony 3:00 pm – 4:00pm
Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts is NOT a beauty contest. Contestants are judged on their accomplishments, self-perception, and communication skills in the following:
• Personal Interviews
• On-stage Interviews
• Platform Speech
Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Expo – Highlights
• Mobility Product Vendors
• Non-profit organizations
• General Vendors
• Meet current and former Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts Titleholders
I’m excited to walk in this year’s Easter Seals Walk With Me event and I want you to join my team, “The Cinnamon Rolls!”
Schedule: 9:00am check in; 10:00am start time Date: 6/16/2012 Location: Castle Island Description: 5K
Together, we’ll have a great time and help raise money for a good cause. Easter Seals provides families with disabilities the services and supports they desperately need. You can also make a contribution by simply donating to my team.
The distance we walk is not as important as the reason we walk: to spread hope and help make a positive difference in the lives of families living with disabilities in our community!
Click on the Web site below and visit my personal Easter Seals Walk With Me page to join my team today!
Here it is… My first children’s book. Thank you for all the support (physically, emotionally and financially) that went into making this a reyality and a reality.
“This beautifully illustrated book introduces readers to Willie and his new family; the Everest’s, who adopted Willie. However, Willie doesn’t feel he fits-in and frankly has trouble adjusting to his new surroundings. Willie later learns that he has a very special purpose and this discovery leads him to realize how it was his own thinking that brought about feelings of isolation.” – Wiggles Room Blog