If you follow my writing, you are well aware of my passion for advocating for kids with disabilities and special needs. I want to spread the message that all kids with differences should have the same opportunities as their peers, and should be viewed as equal, not less. That is why when my writer friend, Jamie Sumner, announced that she has a new middle grade novel coming out starring a young girl with cerebral palsy, I was ecstatic! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this ground-breaking book!
I want to tell you something about this smart and sassy girl right here.
I’ve talked about various challenges that Evalyn faces each day, including her congenital heart defects, and motor skill and speech delays. I haven’t really talked about specific diagnoses because those labels have not been integral to the messages I have shared. And in the big picture of who my girl is as a person, they do not matter.
But, today I want to share with you one of her conditions that impacts Evalyn in every way, every single day of her life – Cortical Visual Impairment.
At one time, not too many years ago, I didn’t know if she would ever walk.
When your child is nearing their third birthday and hasn’t yet taken their first steps, fears like this come to mind. This is a huge part of being a special needs parent, you know. The fears. The questions. The what-ifs. They are things my fellow special needs parents and I know all too well.
From the very beginning, I have always believed in my daughter. Believed in her ability to beat the odds. Believed in her strength and persistence. Believed in all the things that she has and will accomplish.
My daughter may have special needs, but she certainly “can”.