This fall we hosted the first ever New England Disability Awareness Essay Contest for elementary school students. To enter, students in grades 2 through 6 were asked to submit an essay telling us how they have been inspired by someone with a disability. Our hope was that, by reflecting on people with disabilities, children and their families would develop a lifelong understanding and respect for the disabled.
The response we received was incredible. Not only did we receive inspirational essays from all over New England, but we were also met with great support from countless disability organizations and schools in the area.
We would like to thank everyone involved and congratulate all participants for writing inspirational essays.
In all, we selected thirteen winning essays. Please take the time to read them: