Sunday, August 16, 2015

Back to school...

     I am really excited for my Junior year of high school to start. I'm not excited about homework, but seeing my friends more, football games, basketball and Homecoming make me happy. I'm also excited about Team Polaris (that's the awesome club that I'm in at school). We have so much fun in that club! My sister will be a Freshman at my school this year so it will be kind of nice to see her and her friends around. I'm also super pumped about Project Dance this year, it will be in February so more details later.

     This has been a great summer. I've done a lot of stuff with friends and family. We went to Iowa a couple times and Kansas to visit my cousins. I went to a couple of pool parties that were a blast. I had some friends over to the park by my house and we just hung out and had snacks. 

     Some things to remember as school starts...

  • Try to make new friends
  • Try something new, like joining a club
  • Try to get good grades
  • Get involved
  • Be nice to everyone and SMILE

      Summer isn't over yet...

Later,
Jack

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Friends


     Today, I am going to talk about how friends are so important for disabled people. friends make them feel less alone in a sense that they are different. It takes someone special that has good social skills and a lot of patience. I have a lot of friends who are like that. In an ideal world, everyone should be like that. My friends help me feel more normal less disabled or different.

     I want to show you guys a video about an unbreakable bond between two friends:

      I saw this on ESPN's Sportscenter. Dogs can be friends too! I have a dog and she is one of my best friends. Dogs have unconditional love for their owners.I'm so glad that Owen has Haatchi.
Later,
Jack

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Reach out

     Make a difference in disabled people's lives. Whether it's talking to them, volunteering, or just playing a game or hanging out with them. We do that a lot in the club I'm in at school. There are a few people with disabilities and even more people that don't have disabilities. We all enjoy the same things! This is one of the most popular clubs in my school because it's so fun.
     I enjoy hanging out with my friends and being social. Everyone needs someone to talk to and sometimes it's nice for that person to be your own age. One thing all of my friends are really good at is acting silly. My friends make me laugh and I love to hear them laugh, too. We support each other. Last month at school we had a triathlon. I was riding my bike around the track and so many people were cheering for me. I felt so good and so proud of myself.
     What are my summer plans? Hanging out with my friends, of course.  I will spend a lot of time with my family too. I plan to do stuff outside, go fishing, play with my dog and watch a lot of movies! Oh yeah, one more thing...post on my blog more often!
Later,
Jack

Sunday, April 12, 2015

How to treat people with disabilities

     TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT
     In my last post, I said I was going to tell people how they should treat people in wheelchairs or with disabilities.  People with disabilities are just like everyone else so we wanted to be treated like everyone else. That's not too hard, is it? If you don't know what to say, just say hi or hello or what's up dude? Just say what you would say to anyone else. I'm lucky that most people in my school just treat me like a regular guy. 
     So, be patient. It might take us longer to answer a question or respond. It's okay with me if you ask questions, especially for kids. I've had kids ask me or my family why I'm in a wheelchair and we just answer honestly. I know I have a wheelchair, you don't have to pretend that you didn't notice. 

Here's what not to do:
Don't baby us! 
Don't assume we can't hear you or understand you!
Don't stare!

Guess what? I nominated my Adaptive PE teacher for teacher of the month and she won. We got to be on TV (on WGN in Chicago). She is such an awesome teacher and she treats all of the kids in Adaptive PE with respect. She is so patient. Here is the clip:

http://wgntv.com/category/news/teacher-of-the-month/

Later,
Jack

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Advantages of being in a wheelchair

...yes, I said advantages! 

You might not realize this, but there are advantages to being in a wheelchair. My family and I are always making a list.

1. I always have a comfortable seat
2. No one steps on my feet
3. My shoes stay really nice
4. Rock star parking
5. I don't sprain my ankle or stub my toe
6. People remember me
7. Sometimes I don't have to wait in lines
8. Wheelchair seating is often close to the floor or stage
9. People have to cook for me and get me stuff that I need
10. My parents can't make me take out the garbage or do laundry

I prefer to focus on things I CAN do rather than things I CAN'T do. Life can be really frustrating and hard sometimes so if you always look on the bright side, it can make it easier. 

I LOVE March Madness!

Remember, I have a new website, too.cpsowhat.weebly.com
I took a webpage design class last semester so I made that website!

My next post will be on how you should treat people with disabilities when you meet them. 

Later,
Jack


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Since it is a new year, it's going to be a good time to set some goals for yourself. One of my goals for this year is to walk in a permanent walker and not need my wheelchair as much anymore. That will probably not happen but it is still good to try. Anything is possible! By trying stuff, it makes you stronger physically and mentally. Do not give up on your goals! Always try. Another good New Years resolution would be to try new things. If you can't do it, oh well, at least you tried. You don't know what might happen until you try.

Giving up is like someone not wanting to have a happy life. You have to try to be happy! I know that it is sometimes easy to give up and really hard to keep trying but it's worth it. 

"A champion is someone who gets up even when they can't."
-Natalie Rogers

This quote is on a wall at my school and I love it. I am so inspired by these words. This quote means that if you try, you are a champion even when you are not successful. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Loving life!

     Hi everybody! School is going great this year! I am a Sophomore now. Homecoming was a couple  of weeks ago and it was great. 
     At school, I have a walker now. I use it during Adaptive P.E. I love that class. my teacher is so awesome and I have a lot of friends in there. One time, we played kick ball in P.E. and I walked all around the bases in my walker. It was really hard work and I felt so proud of myself. I also played badminton in my walker with a couple of my friends helping me. If I can do this, I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. That means that anyone who is disabled can do so many things that they might not think they can do. 
     Hey guess what? The other day I went fishing with two of my friends. I caught a fish! It was so fun and I can't wait to go again. 
Later dudes and dudettes,
Jack