Chicago Abilities Expo
Last weekend, I had a blast at the Abilities Expo in Chicago! Auti, from the Sundance Channel’s new show the Push Girls, had a dance workshop every day. People of all ages joined the dance circle to show off their favorite moves. It was so great to see. Auti is so nice!!
This little girl, Anna came by my booth. What a cutie!
Saturday was my workshop where I introduced Wendy on Wheels and read Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand. I started off talking about my inspiration for Wendy on Wheels. There’s my sister, Amanda, up on the screen. After I read Wendy on Wheels Takes a Stand, I asked the discussion questions. The little ones in the audience were shy about answering my questions.
Here I am talking about pages eighteen and nineteen. One the left (page 18) Wendy is frustrated and angry about the events of the day. She sits on her bed with her arms folded. She asks herself, ”What else could I have done?” Page nineteen, Wendy’s mindset shifts. She puts her idea to paper. Now, she can make a positive impact.
A lot of times in our lives, things bother us and make us mad. We feel like something must be done. When we feel furious and upset, we are closed off from anything good that may happen. In order to make change, we have to shift our mindset. This is why I created Wendy on Wheels in the first place.
I’ve been following Cure for Chloe on facebook for a couple years now. I remember when Chloe was a cowgirl on a horse for Halloween and got her new wheelchair. At the expo, I finally got to meet her. It made my whole weekend!! I was so excited!!!
I enjoyed meeting everyone in Chicago. What a wonderful expo! This was my last expo of this year. I am currently booking school visits for National Disabilities Month in October. Please contact me if you are interested.
Tags: Abilities, Abilities Expo, ability, Abiltiy Awareness Speaker, acceptance, anti-bullying books, bullying, Children's book, Inclusion, Inclusive Schools Week, Mindset, National Disabilities Month, paralysis, physical disabilities, positive, Presentation, self-publishing, special education, special needs, spina bifida, spinal muscular atrophy
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