Breaking News Archive 2011
Turning Disability into Opportunity
Life is momentarily turned upside down for families who have a member born with a disability. But these families quickly realize that many blessings come with the unexpected.
Thats what well find in part one of a new special two-part episode of Facing Life Head-On entitled Turning Disability into Opportunity. Well get the chance to meet three individuals who are overcoming mental and physical disabilities. Along the way, well also see some surprises that these special individuals encounter in their lives.
The weeks guests include:
Chip and Donna Hammond are the parents of 9-year-old Becca who has been battling seizure disorders since she was 8 months old. After much testing, the doctors diagnosed her with cortical dysplasia, which means the entire right side of her brain doesnt work. But Beccas physical and mental disabilities havent kept her from bringing joy and love to her family.
John Seybold wasnt diagnosed with muscular dystrophy until he was 55 years oldhis muscles have been slowly degenerating most of his life. But John pushes himself to remain active and productive. After retiring, he took up painting as a creative and cathartic outlet.
Aaron Welty was born 10 weeks premature and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. But he didnt allow his physical limitations keep him from his dream of working on Capitol Hill. Aaron is a legislative assistant to Representative Thaddeus McCotter. To help Aaron get around the city, his dad built a unique form of transportation that draws attention wherever it goes.
Part one of this two-part series will be airing beginning July 31 and may also be viewed on our official Facing Life Head On website. Funding for these special episodes of Facing Life Head-On has been provided by a generous grant on behalf of Home City Ice. Without their support this series would not have been possible. I encourage you to contact them for your home, special event, and commercial ice needsIts Healthier Than Homemade!
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