April is National Minority Health Month. This observance aims to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of this health awareness focus, and I thought it would be fitting to discuss the health status of African Americans, and share my own plight in taking charge in maintaining good health and a healthy lifestyle.
What you are about to read is not what I had intended to share regarding my participation in #NoShameDay on Friday, April 17th, 2015. I had anticipated discussing how empowering it was to share my story about growing up disabled, and not having any shame about the life I was given. That all changed when I realized that #NoShameDay was unintentionally appropriated by someone in our community, and my excitement about my participation turned into intense anger and disappointment.
As the academic year winds down, announcements of the coveted Teacher of the Year award are being shared across the nation. It was brought to my attention that a second grade teacher from Sioux City, Iowa received this recognition, and his story was one that I had to share on the blog.
Jamey Bryce – Leeds Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year
Mr. Jamey Bryce is a second grade teacher at Leeds Elementary School, and his ardent commitment to his students won him the prestigious nomination for Teacher of Year by his colleagues. In this video, we see Mr. Bryce’s surprised reaction to hearing his name called during the assembly for the honor. Mr. Bryce humbly accepted the distinction, and his comments demonstrated why his dedication as an educator is respected:
“I just come in and I do my job. But it’s an extreme honor, so thank you. And I know we have wonderful teachers here in the Sioux City District and I’m honored to be one.”
I cannot believe we reached an incredible milestone recently – 100 disability-focused articles on the blog! I never thought that this moment would come before the upcoming two-year anniversary of RYV!’s founding in July. It feels wonderful to have achieved this disability writing benchmark, and I am overjoyed in celebrating and sharing my enthusiasm.
Important Disability-Related Videos You Should Watch
Here's the Out of Step's TOOST Radio interview I participated in as a panelist on Nov. 6th, 2013. During the interview, I discussed my personal & professional viewpoints about the choice of discussing disability status while seeking employment opportunities. The part that I'm featured begins 15:29 minutes into the interview.
In this video, Beyoncé helps Kid President with World Humanitarian Day 2013. The Kid President has OI like I do. I think that his messages are ones that all walks of life & ages can learn from. I'm so jealous that he met one of my idols & favorite music performers, Beyoncé! I wanted to share with you all the interview the Kid President did with Beyoncé for World Humanitarian Day, which was August 19th, 2013.