by Alex Diaz-Granados

My life with cerebral palsy is a personal journey, a story of overcoming struggles and becoming a stronger person because of them. I was born prematurely and put in an incubator. A nurse made a mistake that left me deprived of oxygen for a period of time that was long enough to cause brain damage. Because of that I ended up with a permanent disability in the form of cerebral palsy.

by Chance Raspberry

Like most if not all kids, I’ve always loved cartoons, and the animated content my parents raised me on all came from the Golden Age of animation (1930-1960) because that’s what they grew up watching and loving. Cartoons like Tex Avery, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Silly Symphonies, Woody Woodpecker, Popeye, and Max Fleischer’s Color Classics were (and still are) among my all-time favorites. Thanks to my parents exposing me to – and encouraging me with – this magical work at a very young age, my #1 passion in life has always been animation.

by Chance Raspberry

My disability classification is frontal lobe brain damage resulting in a cause and effect difficulty. Sometimes I feel misunderstood and like the only isolated case. Most people arent able to relate to what I go through, let alone the daily frustration. In my childhood I focused on my limitations rather than embracing my true self. It was one of depression, rejections and feeling inadequate. I knew I was different and I could not accept it. The journey of my life was like a maze with its twists and turns, and dead ends.However, my persistence and reliance has always gotten me back on the right track.

by Ross Yellin

My name is Ross Yellin, I am 24 and I live in East Brunswick, New Jersey and I am the founder of the Disability Allies. I have been diagnosed with Tourettes Syndrome, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In 2010 I was accepted into the American Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD) internship program. At the internship program I lived with 30 young adults with a large variety of disabilities including autism, bipolar disorder, learning disabilities, people with physical handicaps, loss of hearing and sight.