While in elementary school, I volunteered in a bridge program called PAL during recess every day. We'd walk over to George Key Elementary School (which was right next to my regular school- Golden) and read, play, or feed the mentally or physically disabled students. Many of them had Down Syndrome and I became more interested in the topic; the NDSS website helped me further educate myself in the area.
When my older brother was only three years old, he was diagnosed with ASD, more commonly known as Autism. Even at a young age, I frequently felt like the older sibling. I would have to explain simple rules of life like personal space bubbles or eye contact, which always just seemed like common sense. My mom and I would regularly browse through autismspeaks.org to see the latest research and tips to help us out along the way.
Born with cerebral palsy, doctors didn't expect much of Jeison Aristizábal. Now he's the one providing medical care and a sense of hope to disabled youth. I recently learned about my ultimate idol and hero, Mr. Aristizábal, when he won the 2016 CNN hero of the year. I was inspired by how he beat all the odds and dedicated his life to helping other disabled children. Whenever I feel gloomy, I like to visit his website and be reminded that no matter what others say, if you try hard enough, you can make your dreams come true.