Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness
Disability Awareness SpeakersKelly Simpson came to speak to the Alternative School about disabilities on November 17, 2017.  She represents the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living and is in charge of helping people in 19 counties get what they need to live at home with their disabilities.  

Ms. Simpson explained that everyone has things that make them uncomfortable.  She explained that the students should treat people with disabilities like anyone else, like they would want to be treated. 

Ms. Simpson spoke of her own hidden disabilities when she lived at home.  She spoke of her own children's hidden and visible disabilities.  She gave the students tips for for how to interact with people who are blind, deaf and even in wheelchairs.

Theresa is associated with the center and came to share how traumatic people can be with their words.  She explained that when someone makes fun of another person, it can stick with them until the day they die.  Living with bipolar disorder and delayed learning, Theresa said she still thinks about the mean things that were said to her and she is close to 60 years old.  She urges people to not make fun and to never give up on dreams.

Another lady has been associated with the Mountain State Centers for over 36 years.  She has a learning and speaking problem but was brave enough to come speak to our students.  She volunteers for Mountain State.

Ms. Simpson urged students to wear helmets and seatbelts.  They should avoid risky behavior because many of her clients have Traumatic Brain Injury due to these risky behaviors.

It was a pleasure listening to these ladies share some disability awareness with the Cabell County Alternative School.

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