The following is a monologue that I authored and performed:
Disabled, yes that’s me. I have been paralyzed for most of my life. All I remember is paralysis. Yes, I cannot move my body the way I want to. I cannot breath without assistance. I am dealing with it. I may not have my health, but I am dealing with it and I am getting stronger. I may have been paralyzed for most of my life, but I am adjusting it. I will fight for disability. I will fight for disability in terms of sex, love, academic, healthcare, and performing arts. I ask you guys and I ask society are we the ones fully paralyzed or are we paralyzed because society limits us?
I am fortunate that I live in the New York, New Jersey area, I ask for improvements. It’s not great but it could be better and it could be worse. I want every state to be handicapped and wheelchair accessible. Presently I am a student, and I’m going to be honest, it’s hasn’t been great but it could be better. I ask society not to limit us. Strengthen the disability not ignoring it. I am leaving here today hoping there will be changes. Keep in mind I am paralyzed because of spinal cord injury or because society not prepared for me. Well too bad, you’re stuck with me. And I am just getting started.