Yesterday I met a journalist named Sarah Evans, 23. She is an intern at the Town Crier group of local newspapers. She is writing an article about my new venture, Family Memories. We met at the Indigo Book Store Starbucks at Yonge and Eglinton here in Toronto. Sarah used a tape recorder to record our interview.
What is terrific about Sarah is that she has had Cerebral Palsy since she was a year old. She can only get around in a wheel chair and has difficulty moving her hands and speaking. She gets around on Wheel Trans, the Toronto Transit Commission’s service for the disabled. It’s an excellent service but she must book it 24 hours in advance.
Sarah has a special keyboard and uses a software called Word Predictor which attempts to predict the word she wants after she types a couple of letters. She is a member of Ability Online (www.abilityonline.org) and maintains a website called Ability Culture (www.abilityculture.com). Sarah always has a big smile on her face almost like she knows something about life that the rest of us haven’t discovered yet.