Rolling Without Limits

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Turn Curiosity into Knowledge
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Turn Curiosity into Knowledge

I think it's sad when I see kids (and adults) stare at a person in a wheelchair or a person with a disability. I know most of it is curiosity and because they don't understand. I wish they understood that, the person has the same feelings they do, and you don't have to be afraid of them. It's ok to say "Hi". Kids will naturally be curious and ask questions, but that's a good thing. It's better they know the truth, then think something their little minds just make up.

My friend Randy has Cerebral Palsy and is wheelchair-bound. Actually he uses an Amigo scooter to get around. He is always very open to talking to people about his disability. As a matter of fact, he goes to schools to talk to classes and shares with the students and teachers what it's like to have a disability and still live a normal life. He talks about his job at TCH, a state wide organization that has programs for disabled people, about how he owns his own home, how he loves to travel, and likes to have fun (especially going out to eat). He has the same desires as the rest of us. He' just in a wheelchair, but he doesn't let that stop him.

I think it's wonderful that he is educating the public, and I give him a lot of credit for having the courage to speak up. He's braver then I am. 'm a big chicken when it comes to speaking in public. But not Randy, not even with his speech impediment. Itdoesn't stop him. He just takes someone along to interpret for him. The photo you see attached is him speaking at one of the colleges. If you know of any schools in Arizona that would be open to having Randy speak there, you can e-mail him at randyrussell@tch-az.com

Thanks Randy, you're doing a good thing. You Rock!

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  1. Lil Bit
    Lil Bit
    Love this blog. I think it's up to us adults (parents, aunts, cousins, etc) to educatie children at a young age that it is okay to have a disability. That you got to treat everyone with the same respect that you want to receive. When Gabriel was about 4 years old, I took him to AZ Mills. We met up with Randy there. I wanted Gabriel to meet Randy. Gabriel got to sit on Randy's lap and got a free ride. I thought that was cool.I hate it when people stare or point at a disable individual. If you want to know, ask but don't just stare. Anyway, I applaud you for writing such a great blog. Good job!
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks Lil Bit
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  2. Teresa Thomas
    Teresa Thomas
    Vote #3. Great job Audrey! You go Randy... I commend him on a job well done. Yes, I will agree, that this nation needs to have more people such as Randy to educate the public about how a person with a disability such as his can still yet, have a normal life, and for the public, not to be afraid of people that has a disability. Furthermore, you are so right. They too, have feelings just like the rest of us.... Treat them as you would want to be treated. Will send you a message on face book.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks Teresa
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      1. Teresa Thomas
        Teresa Thomas
        You are so welcome there my friend.
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  3. Susan Keeping
    Susan Keeping
    Voted, another good blog posting
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thank you Susan
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  4. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    Great blog. My new blog is "Copywriting". If you want to get into the ad writing business, you can do it right from home. Vote and share if you like it.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks
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  5. SignLanguage
    Yes, Randy is an inspiration to us all. That gives me an idea about another blog post, but I am starting to get quite a few and should get going writing more! ;) I voted.
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks
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  6. Lori Emmons
    Lori Emmons
    Go Randy! Keep speaking up!
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Randy Rocks!
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  7. sweedly
    sweedly
    This is wonderful. Randy keep on talking and sharing, the more people who understand and get to meet someone with as much courage and conviction as you, then more people will have compassion for handicapped people. Voted!
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    1. Lil Nana
      Lil Nana
      Thanks for your vote, yes Randy is an insperation to us all
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