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

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Talkitt SO COOL!

WOW! My Aunt sent this link to my mom today and I want everyone to know about it! This app could change my life and could help a lot of people with disabilities. Watch the videos, read all about it and donate if you can! If you want to donate, that would be wonderful.
Later dudes and dudettes!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/talkitt-this-is-my-voice


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ice bucket challenge!

video
I accepted and completed the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was challenged by my cousin, Chase.  My family made a donation to John Paul II Medical Research Institute. It is an organization that is researching cures for ALS and other diseases.

People that have ALS really suffer. In some ways, it is like CP but CP doesn't get worse. I've seen some things on TV about people with ALS and many of them use communication devices like mine. The guy that started the ice bucket challenge, Pete Frates, even uses a communication device with eye gaze like mine. I did the ice challenge to show my support of people that have ALS.
Later,
Jack
P.S. That water was really cold!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Determination


     DETERMINATION is composed of three things. I bet you're wondering what those three things are, right? Okay, I'll tell you. Determination is made of patience, toughness and will. 
     Patience is the most important component, and the hardest part. It is based on the time and sometimes it takes forever for something to happen or to get what you want. If you have a disability, you need patience. A lot of things can be so frustrating like when people don't understand you or they treat you like a baby. I really hate that when that happens, but I don't ever give up. 
     You need to have toughness to have determination. Mental toughness and physical toughness are both keys to determination. When you are having a bad day, you have to forget about it and move on. That is mental toughness, it's hard to move on. Physical toughness is when it hurts, but you do it anyway, or your muscles don't do what they're  supposed to do, but you try and try. 
     Willingness to do something is the third part of determination. It determines how much you want it. If you want to do something really bad, you are likely to be more determined to get it done. You can do just about anything if you want it bad enough. 
     Determination is all I am about. I have achieved so much through determination. I did this by being patient, tough and willing. 

     "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
~ Og Mandino