Jack and Tricia are wheelchair-users who had polio at a very young age. Jack had it since he was 1 years old and Tricia had hers when she was 2 years old.
“I just wish that everybody will just treat us like any able bodied. Whatever they do, we can also do the same thing,” says Tricia. There is no reason for people with disability to be treated differently. They are physically impaired but both Tricia and Jack are very independent. “Mentally we just like any other person,” says Jack.
Having polio at such a young age wasn’t easy. “Since young it was a bit more challenging. You couldn’t do things like teenagers do. Like run around the beach, do dancing and partying and all that stuff,” says Jack. “As you grow older you learn to accept your condition and you find your own space…For me I’m glad I found sports. It’s a great avenue…for me to build my own passion.” But Tricia was the opposite of Jack. “I think I’m more carefree when I was young. When I was young I used to run about. I was very oblivious of how I look when I run…and limping…and I was not bothered by anyone,” says Tricia, “Now I’m more conscience….and I feel a little more restricted.”
Jack and Tricia are very confident in their lives, have successful athletic careers and have raised a family. They find ways to do what they need to do.
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