Good morning everyone, and Happy Monday!
Once again, I am terribly sorry for my absence the past two weeks almost. I suppose a part of my embodiment and trying to run this site single-handed (pun intended for my arm amp friends out there!), takes its toll and can be hard to keep up. Additionally, I’ve been going through the throes of my own health recently, but all is well.
To get you started this week, I’m shifting gears and introducing our first shoutout recipient: Emilee Schevers!
Before giving you a little intro about Emilee, I’d first like to recognize that she was the individual who made me realize Chatability needed a more accessible age range for students. As I mentioned, post-secondary institutions were my main focus because that’s where I currently stand (again, pun!) with my activism, but I was also a person with disabilities in my high school years. My whole life, really! I always forget about my prosthetic eye as a disability to be honest, simply because it’s been with me since infantry. Although nowadays, I do find it to be more of a barrier, as my social life shifts its mold.
Anyways! Without further ado, here’s Emilee :)
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Hey Tessa!! It’s Emilee Schevers. I’m so excited to see what you’ve created. I’ve followed you ever since you spoke at my school like 5 years ago and then again at my high school, TAS, twice, and have been completely inspired ever since!
I’m 17 and am visually impaired and am finishing up my last year at TAS now. I would love to help out in any way I can.
I’m excited about Chatability because only in the last few year have I become involved in the blind community and it has changed my life completely. I find that there is such a strong connection between persons with disabilities because we all have something in common no matter what. I used to never be able to talk about my visual impairment until I found people who could relate to. I think it’s so so important for people with disabilities to know that they can always have someone to talk to or somewhere to express their struggles or successes!
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There you have it, our first Chatability member reaching out to express support for her fellow members! Awesome stuff.
Please remember that if you’re interested in the shoutouts/ambassador initiative to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, age, school, your disability(ies), and why you’re psyched to be apart of our community. I hope this also encourages folks to get involved on our website! We have plenty of forums on our ‘Connect’ page (https://www.chatability.org/connect), that are open and available to you to Express Yourself, and get the things not everyone understands, off your chest.
Sending lots of love and positive vibes on this Monday morning.
Have a great day!
- Tessa May Smith