“Yes I Can!” — Obama victory inspires Maurice

It has taken a few days to gather my thoughts after the excitement of Tuesday. I wasn’t able to go to the Obama rally in grant Park, but I enjoyed every minute of it on television! Before the election I held a mock election at the Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research to encourage all staff and students here to exercise their vote. I also passed the word to people via email, facebook and MySpace: Get Out and Vote!

As an individual living with autism, I feel people with disabilities deserve a second chance in life. Voting gives those of us with disabilities a second chance in life because we are the ones who can make it happen ourselves. If you don’t react to some of the problems, chances are you and the country will face more obstacles. That is what I’ve been used to during the 25 years of my life.

As far as voting in an election goes, I feel Americans with disabilities are equal to others because we all have one thing in common, which is saying what’s on our mind. And after Tuesday, the one thing I want to say is this: YES WE CAN!


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  1. Beth Finke Says:

    Wanted to let you know that Mike and I were lucky enough to go to the Obama victory party in Chicago’s Grant Park Tuesday, and there were lots of other people with disabilities there, too. I left my Seeing Eye dog Hanni at home – I thought the crowds might be too much for her. I brought my white cane instead, and Mike was my “sighted guide.” We waited in line an hour or two to get in. There was a heavy police presence, especially on horses – more than once Mike had to route me around a big pile of dung! In keeping with that theme, we staked out a spot near an oversized handicapped portapotty once we made it into Grant Park. I used that lovely facility once, and when I came out an official approached us and said, “You
    know, you can stand over there if you want.” He pointed to a wide wooden
    ramp were people in wheelchairs were sitting. We moved there, which meant
    Mike could see the stage. Two older African-American women were standing
    next to us; they were with a friend in a wheelchair. The women were spunky — they were having fun, calling friends on their cell
    phones and all that, But at the same time they were pretty serious. They
    didn’t want all the pageantry to make them forget how important this day

  2. Maurice Snell Says:

    Patricia, that is the quote from Obama that I was most inspired by. We are one union; it’s up to us Americans to let our voices be heard. I also heard him quoting Abraham Lincoln: “We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.” I tie Lincoln’s speech with Easter Seals in a way; I feel about Easter Seals is a person with a disability is equally successful as those without a disability. I’m pretty sure Obama will inspire many Americans of this “Change” for a brighter America.

  3. Patricia Wright Says:

    Maurice – so true that voices are equally heard in the election process. President Elect Obama celebrated this inclusive nature when his speech included the following:
    “It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled”

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