Wednesday, May 14, 2008

PEI - Disabilities - Attitudes

The 2008 Rotary Easter Seals Campaign concluded on a high note Monday in Charlottetown with a brief but moving address by 11-year-old Sonja Walker who used her last official appearance as an Easter Seals ambassador to share her vision of kindness.
Walker, a Grade 6 student at Prince Street School, told the wrap-up luncheon at the Delta Prince Edward that her dream of seeing acts of kindness by her fellow Islanders during this campaign had come true. She expressed the hope that her motto, a vision of kindness, would continue to inspire acts of kindness in others.
Now that it's over I hope my vision of kindness continues, not from donations, but from the hearts of Islanders towards those who just wish to hear a 'hello' or a kind word," Walker told an audience of Rotarians, family members, sponsors and special guests.
Walker, who has been blind from birth, thanked all those who had helped her get her message out since she was named Easter Seals Ambassador in January.

SUMMERSIDE - We don't know which NHL team will take home the Stanley Cup yet, but we know Adam Bourque will.
The 28-year-old Summerside native found out Tuesday night he won CBC's "Bring Home the Stanley Cup" contest during the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
Bourque's video was one of the final three across the country competing for public votes for the contest, which earns him a private party with the Stanley Cup, hockey great Mark Messier and 19 of his friends and family this Saturday.
Bourque lost the ability to speak at age 13 because of a neuromuscular disorder, but was able to translate his passion for hockey through the video.
He won Special Olympics gold in floor hockey in 2004, and watches every playoff game surrounded by his memorabilia at home, whooping for every goal.
He communicates through sign language and a speech program on his computer.

Run The Dream is having an "event" in Charlottetown where Jonathan Howard can continue to spread his message that Autistics are a "burden" and ultimately should be prevented from existing.

Never did I hear that blind people were a burden or should be cured and/or prevented from existing. Nowhere in Adam's video or the media it generated was he called a burden, someone who should be cured, someone who should be prevented from existing. We have been celebrating these individuals and their lives & accomplishments.

What's so special about Autism Spectrum Disorders? To Mr. Howard, nothing really. We're just the "cause" he decided on to promote his own dream to run across Canada. He is fulfilling his dream at the expense of our dream - that we will be accepted and valued for who we are. Just as Sonja is, just as Adam is.
Mr. Howard,

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