NARRATOR

Three years ago, I was accepted as a student at the NTWH (National Theater Workshop for the Handicapped)-Crosby  in Belfast, Maine.   This was a program for the disabled to work as actors, and show people that disabled persons can do a lot more than most people think because it not only brings together with able bodied people but it also teachers people how to get along with others whom may have difficulties.  In opens people’s eyes to possibilities they never even consider.  It made me aware that I need to speak more slowly and concentrate on what I would say before I speak.  Even though the experience was only two weeks long it made a profound impression on my life and who I am today.  Last December, I graduated from St. Petersburg College.  I was originally told that nearly everything I have accomplished would be impossible for me.  I should not be here on this stage today but here I am.

(Pause)

NARRATOR

They said…

ROBERT

I would never be able to talk and look at me now!

NARRATOR

They said…

ROBERT

I would never be able to move my arms or legs!

NARRATOR

They said…

ROBERT

I would never be able to complete college!

(Shows off diploma.  Everyone throws their hats off)

 

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