·ChristaI became a self-advocate when I
moved to New York.I enjoy making new
friends and I was glad to learn about Connect-Ability.I have been an advocate for the Down Syndrome
Association with Valoree (another Connect-Ability
member).I want to thank Connect-Ability for including me and
I’ll see you all in 2014.
·IsabelI became involved with Connect-Ability three years ago through
my older sister, a former editor. I love coming to workshops and learning
through the experiences I have had at Connect-Ability
such as drumming circles, puppet shows and more. Educating others on
disabilities awareness, acceptance, compassion and community is very rewarding
to me. I am glad I have Connect-Ability
so I can share my thoughts on all of this.
·ValoreeConnect-Ability means support to me
because that is what it has given me. I was a former editor for two years.
·ZoeWhat I like about Connect-Ability is that everyone is so
nice and friendly.I like coming to
workshops because they are interesting and thought provoking and I can make a
lot of new friends (the food is a bonus). I come to Connect-Ability to share my thoughts and ideas about disability.
Each meeting is fun and different so I come to see what’s happening.
·MorganI have been a member since March
2013.I found Connect-Ability through my mom who works at NYSUT (our sponsor).
When I first came it was nerve racking. I didn’t know anyone and was nervous
about being asked about disabilities because I didn’t have one. I thought my
opinion would be wrong but then I found out that no opinion is wrong.I was welcomed in like a family member. Once
we started brainstorming ideas I knew I was in a great place. I have learned so
much about disabilities and disabilities awareness. Connect-Ability has changed my outlook on others and will carry me
far into the future.
·ForestI got into Connect-Ability as a junior in high school and I loved it. I
started because of my love of writing and my own disability.I wanted to use my own voice to educate
people on my own and other disabilities. To me Connect-Ability is about friendship, expression, perception,
acceptance, community and the future.