Disabled woman reaches out to students

March is Disability Awareness Month

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SAN ANTONIO - March is Disability Awareness Month and one San Antonio woman is putting together a club to reach out to high school students to let them know what it's like to live with a disability.

Bertha Jones, 27, suffers from cerebral palsy. She said the disease affects every part of her body and makes it difficult for her to move around, much less get dressed.

"Any able-bodied person, you know, they can do stuff like really, really fast, but with us, it just takes a little time," said Jones. "And it's a very challenging thing."

Jones said she is not starting the group because she feels sorry for herself. She said she just wanted to form the "Let's Make A Difference" club as a way for herself and for other disabled people to talk about their disability and what challenges they face on a daily basis.

Jones approached the Arc of San Antonio about forming the "Let's Make a Difference" club with some of the other clients at the Arc.

"They have a vision to teach other people about disabilities," said Beth Green, with Arc of San Antonio. "And how much these individuals have to offer in our community."

Jones said she would also like to reach out to adults, too.

"Teens are not the only ones that just ignore the fact that we are here and we're not going anywhere," said Jones. "I want everyone to see our world."
Now, the staff at the Arc is working with Jones to come up with a presentation and to help set appointments with schools, churches and civic groups.

The Arc will also provide transportation and are hoping to get the project started within the next few months.


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