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  • today, I'm here to talk to you about something that often goes unnoticed.

  • That is what it's like to be different because of this, a disability.

  • Although you may not know I have a disability that I have sent overcome, I look perfectly average and oftentimes people.

  • D'oh!

  • Anyone can have a disability without it being visible.

  • Actually, according to the World Bank, about one billion people in the world experienced some form of a disability.

  • That adds up to be an estimated 15% off the entire world's population.

  • And these people, on average, experience adverse socioeconomic conditions in comparison to those without a disability.

  • Naturally, why would anyone feel comfortable being different?

  • Well, to me, disabilities could be compared to toys.

  • They come in many different shapes and sizes.

  • Me and they come with many different forms and different severity.

  • Ese.

  • The Merry Webster Dictionary states that a disability can be physical, mental, cognitive or developmental.

  • It interferes with impacts and limits a person's abilities to partake in typical daily activities and interactions.

  • But the one thing that all of these different disabilities have in common is the negative feelings that come with these differences.

  • While many members of our society let disability to define us.

  • Others pretend they don't even exist.

  • We say things like, Do you know that girl of down syndrome or did you know he has autism?

  • But why do we allow this to define who we are as a person?

  • Why do we allow something that nearly no one can help define who we are as human beings?

  • Now you're probably wondering why I'm talking to you about disabilities.

  • Well, like I mentioned, I had one myself.

  • While my disability was smaller in comparison to greater life challenges people face, it was still riel and very relevant in my everyday life.

  • An elementary school.

  • I was diagnosed with a learning disability being that I struggled greatly with reading comprehension.

  • I was one of a few students who was constantly called out of my classroom to get additional health professionals.

  • But let me tell you, I wasn't cool because of this.

  • I would then be brought back to my classroom, and I could hear my peers snickering about me, sometimes even approaching me to ask where I'd been.

  • Now the scary thing is, even I didn't know.

  • I had no idea what was happening I was too naive to understand my own situation at this age.

  • But as I entered middle school, I felt more included among my peers because there were many more kids just like me.

  • I had extra time to take tests.

  • I went to school early every day to work with my teachers, and I often stayed after school much longer than every any average student.

  • Now we talk about all of this in past tense because I was able to gain the ability to learn how to advocate for myself with some guidance, of course, but don't get me wrong.

  • I still struggle at times.

  • When it came time to apply to colleges, I doubted my abilities so much that I was really only applying to safety schools.

  • I applied to Brian on a whim, and I can still remember the tears that I shed on this day when I decided that Bryant would be my next greatest journey.

  • Now I talk about this because I didn't have the grades, the G, p A or even the tests course approve that I was worthy.

  • But the one thing that I did have was the pure drive and passion to succeed.

  • And after finding this passion of myself, I wanted to give back to that very community in which I came from.

  • In my 1st 2 years here, I struggled greatly, trying to figure out how to do it all on my own.

  • I wasn't that student who was always in the dean's list, but I can assure you I dedicated just as much time to my studies as those students dead, if not even more.

  • This is me on my high school graduation day.

  • If over four years ago on this day you told me that I would be sending on this day today, publicly speaking about my story, I absolutely would have said, Yeah, right, because I was and still am very good at hiding the struggles.

  • But in my junior year and now is a senior, I have finally figured out the right technique that works for me.

  • But don't get me wrong.

  • I still struggle at times no.

  • Like many as an underclassman, I was looking for ways to get involved on campus, to spend my ways and times and ways it along with my values.

  • I came across an application to work with special Olympics were island.

  • I was hoping this was my opportunity to give back.

  • So I applied and interviewed and was later selected for the position and was beaten on his status to get started.

  • I have now served on this committee for four years with about 30 other individuals who share the exact same passion is Ideo and needless to say, I have found my people.

  • We all work together to event plan four day of athletic games.

  • It has been hosted on our campus for now 40 years.

  • However, this didn't feel like quite enough for me.

  • Throw my life.

  • I've had many liaisons who have guided me to be a successful individual and have truly pushed me beyond what I thought were my limits.

  • I wanted to be just that for others because I have seen firsthand the impact that you can leave on an individual through my work with Special Olympics were island.

  • And in my time at Bryant, I have seen just how simple it is to invite others into our own world.

  • And I have done just that.

  • This is Ryan and I worked with Ryan and when he is out from work, I'm able to spend my time introducing him to my friends and family, bring him on some my daily tasks and doing other things that are fun, just like going bowling or going out for lunch.

  • Ryan has a hidden disability, just as I did.

  • And let me tell you, I praise this university So much for hiring workers like Ryan, who works in our athletic center because he is extremely dedicated and is always ready to do whatever task you put in front of him.

  • Ryan makes me laugh.

  • He makes me smile and he makes me really, is that my worries are so small in the grand scheme of things.

  • But with L.

  • Meyer to give back, I never would have met Ryan into me.

  • That's crazy to think about because he has certainly changed my world, too.

  • This year.

  • I have since been awarded the Bright University director of special Olympic Road Island Games.

  • I am honored and Bey ond excited to execute a fun and inclusive day off athletic games for athletes just like Ryan.

  • However, as I've reached my senior year, I have found myself spending so much time trying to determine the special marks that I want to leave on this campus.

  • So this year, for the first time ever, myself and partners from Brian and the Special Olympics Rhode Island organization have teamed up to bring unified sports to our campus, which you can see here, has officially and successfully begun.

  • This program aims to simply create unification among those with intellectual disabilities who often feel scooted from our own world.

  • I have such high hopes for the future of unified sports at Bryant, and I truly look forward to its potential.

  • So now, in my time, working through Special Olympics in my time working with Ryan, I have seen just how simple it is to invite others into our own worlds.

  • This so easily creates a chain reaction of spreading acts of kindness.

  • When I spent time with Ryan, I am bringing him into my world, and instantly his world has grown greater and more inclusive.

  • Each of us in this room has the ability to invite others into our own worlds.

  • We can all work to a together to enhance the experiences of others just by caring on these small acts of kindness.

  • So my 2020 vision for the future off my special Olympics Committee, The Brian community and the greater community around us is to simply be okay with being different and especially to accept those who are different.

  • So I encourage each of you to embrace Brian's mission of inclusive excellence by being a pure in passionate leader and by giving back to what's important to you.

  • At the end of the day, when life is over, your grades and your G p A will not define who you were as a person, but what you did for this world will.

  • And it is so true when they say that your friends may forget what you did in this world, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

  • So I encourage and challenge you to reflect upon what you're passionate about and to leave your own mark, no matter how big or small that maybe, and, as Mother Teresa said, do small things with great love because it truly spreads like fire.

  • And lastly, let's all come together as one and let's be unified.

today, I'm here to talk to you about something that often goes unnoticed.

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    林宜悉 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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