Monday, October 31, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Last night I got to meet an incredible person. Her name is Lizzie Velasquez, She was in town screening her documentary A brave heart. You can watch the trailer below,
Gatepath , a local nonprofit that helps children and adults with developmental disabilities hosted the screening. I am actually blogging about them. Here is my first post. When I got there, the director of communications invited me to meet her backstage. That was very cool.
I highly recommend this documentary. Velasquez's courage and determination is a lesson for everyone. I know you will love the documentary as much as I do. Once you are done watching it be sure to come back and comment on this post about your favorite part.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
|Image description JJ and Keneth at a house party. There are lots of teenagers with red cups|
On this episode of Speechless. JJ and Keneth go to a high school house party where JJ gets drunk. His parents seem mad at him , but in reality, they are happy for him.
I am 25 years old living with Cerebral Palsy and I am on medication that makes it dangerous for me to drink . I still live at home and I think that if I came home from a house party drunk. My parents would be very happy.
Why might you ask?
I am not saying that parents of disabled kids are more prone to encourage their kids to try drugs and alcohol. What I am saying is that often times parents want their kids with disabilities to have a social life.
When you have a disability, more often than not life is lonely. My high school career consisted of me going to one dance -- my Senior prom. I was not guaranteed that I would go to that. My mother insisted that I only go if I were escorted by a guy that didn't have a disability. I ended up going with someone who graduated the year before and was a Freshman in college . I did not have a group of close friends that I hung out with in high school. I was different and even though I was fully included for all academic subjects and graduated with my high school diploma, high school friends were nonexistent.
I am hoping that Speechless encourages able-bodied high school students to include peers with disabilities in their Halloween house parties.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
This is a recycled post because my grandfather passed away three years ago today
Today is a really hard day for me to blog about. For those long time readers, you guys know that two years ago I lost my grandfather. Here are a few things you should know about my grandfather.
1 My grandfather loved old cars. He kept an assortment of old cars. To this day there are still old cars at my grandparents home. He loved to fix them up. He gave my brother one of his cars for his 16th birthday.
2 My grandfather loved my grandmother. They were together for a long time, The raised six kids together. They may have gotten in fights but they always made up
3 My grandfather was an extremely hard worker. He had to quit school to help his family when his father died when he was a young boy.
4 My grandfather valued education. Four out of his six kids went to college. One of my aunts owned her own business. My other aunt works for state farm, My mother became the first Black vice chancellor at UCSF.
5 My grandfather was in the Army when it became integrated . It was a hard time but he had an excellent work ethic,
7 I wish he would have been here to watch me graduate college, move out and have kids.
8 I wish I could be able to have my mom talk to him in heaven.
9 I wish he could have been here to hear about my Princess trip to Italy when she gets back in December.
10 I miss hearing his voice.
Love you grandpa
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
After dinner, it was time for the Opening Ceremonies. I got to hold the banner for my county. Our coaches gave us matching Blue shirts for the Opening Ceremonies. The opening ceremonies were lots of fun I just wished that they didn't use the word inspiring so much.
Our dorm room was located on the top floor of the building. There were two people in a room. My roommate was very clean, me not so much. I actually was kinda nervous about sleeping because this was the first time that I had slept away from home. I thought I would melt down. Turned out I was fine. I just played iPad games and read the book the T and D gave me as my college graduation gift. I went to bed around one am which is my usual bedtime.
My coached woke me up early on Saturday. I was very excited because I had slept through the night without incident. After getting ready and having breakfast it was time to do what I had come here for. I was going to run track. My first race was the 100-meter dash. I got bronze in that. I did way better in the shot putt. I got gold in that.
Lunch was a bento box. The food was really good.
There was a dance Saturday night. I wore a dress and danced the night away.
On Sunday. I threw the turbo javelin for first place and had an IRL with Beth, Patrick, and Rene. Later we had the four by hundred relay. Our team got silver.
|Left to right Renee of Paraeducate, Beth of National Catholic Board of Full Inclusion, Patrick and AZ|
I also got a temporary tattoo.
|Me with my temporary Tatto a few days later.|
I melded in all of my events. Not bad for my first Summer Games.