When I started in pageants I chose the platform Abilities before Disabilities: Helping the world see people for what they can do instead of what they can’t. My goal has been to get involved in my community and show those around me that my life is about more than my disabilities.
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a city council meeting where the mayor and council honored me with an official resolution. This resolution thanked me for my service to the city as well as recognizing me for my achievements.
Following this meeting the mayor asked if I would be the Grand Marshall for our city parade. I couldn’t believe it!
The parade was amazing. I felt like a celebrity. My entire city cheered me on as I went down the parade route. I saw people I had done service for, others I’d done service with. There were teachers I had growing up, church leaders who have always supported me, and friends I’ve known all my life. I felt so much love and support.
This is what inclusion looks like! These incredible honors from my city are proof that I am achieving my goals of helping people see me for my abilities and not just my disabilities.
Ms. American Coronet
Hi, Tara. My name is Mary Christine from Arkansas. I was super happy reading your post. Not only can you do anything, but you’ve shown people that they can be proud of themselves and a caring person in the community. Wow! Nice to meet you.