Thursday, March 6, 2014

ONE TWEET AT A TIME

I saw this story on our local news this morning. http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/2014/03/04/fort-zumwalt-south-get-andrew-honerkamp-on-espn-sportscaster-twitter/6030551/

It's the story of how students at a local area high school organized a twitter campaign  to help a fellow student realize his dream of being on ESPN's SPORTSCENTER with the goal of,one day being a sports broadcaster. What makes this story unique is that their classmate, Andrew Honerkamp, has Cerebral Palsy. He is unable to participate in sports, but loves to watch them 

I am proud of Andrew's classmates for supporting him and trying to make his dream a reality. I have no doubt that it will happen. I am happy that Andrew has such a support system in his classmates and school.

This story illustrates why inclusion and mainstreaming are so important to children and young people with disabilities. Not only for academics, but for socialization and acceptance as well. When I was in high school we were not given many positive messages. We were not encouraged to dream or set goals for ourselves because I doubt our teachers thought we could achieve them. I'm so glad it is not that way today.

I encourage anyone with a twitter account to tweet at #ANDREWONSPORTSCENTER and show your support for Andrew.If you don't have a twitter account, sign up. That's  what a friend of mine did when they heard about this story.  

Come on everyone. Tweet.