It’s estimated over 26,000 people in Brown county have a disability. But as Kris Schuller reports there are a number of special events this week aimed at showcasing all the disabled can do.
In the gym at Aspiro – a competitive game of kickball. And though he’s bound to a wheelchair because of an accident, Cody Schneider isn’t letting that slow him down.
“I’m not a quitter. Just because I have a brain injury doesn’t make me different, I’m still Cody Schneider,” he said.
This kickball game between clients from the CP Center, Curative Connections and Aspiro, is just one event in a number being held by the three organizations for Ability Awareness Week.
“It’s our opportunity to help educate the community about the folks with disabilities around us,” said Steve McCarthy, president of Curative Connections.
In its second year, participants wear blue t-shirts proclaiming “No Limits” as they take part in chair yoga, creating art, competing in a free-throw contest and now this kickball game.
“When you look at their abilities, talk to them about their talents, skills and passions – you’re going to find they have a whole lot more abilities than their disability,” said Nicole Hoffmann of Aspiro.
“If you think about the number of folks with disabilities in Brown County, it’s a very big number,” said McCarthy.
Which is why McCarthy says a secondary goal in this week is to help people feel more comfortable around those with disabilities.
“To say hello to someone with a disability – it’s very simply, you say – hey how are you doing,” McCarthy said.
Because as Ability Awareness Week shows, people like Schneider are eager to contribute to their community. And while they may have a disability – that isn’t going to slow them down.
“I’ll never in my life give up on stuff I have to do,” said Schneider. “If I have to do it, I’ll get it done. I don’t care what anybody says. I’ll do it – sure will. “