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Daniel // Usually most children come with a good or fantastic childhood. When you’re born with a disability your childhood can be a little bit of a problem. As a child, other kids would often make fun of me because of my disability. I didn’t even realize what was going on really. People would always look down on me, or call me a retard. There was a point in my childhood where I thought I would lose hope. At one point I moved to Lancaster, Pa. I thought I would be made fun of again, but it didn’t happen. During lunch time in middle school a girl actually came up and talked to me. She changed my life. Because of her I thought I should change my mindset to never give up hope. Ever since I graduated high school, I didn’t know what to do. I was looking for a job, but it wasn’t working out. My mother eventually told me that I would be going to Millersville for college. Before me, people with disabilities weren’t really able to go to college there. There were regulations with students with disabilities and them going to regular colleges. So whenever I was at Millersville, it was like I was a living legend. All of the sudden, people saw me as an activist instead of someone with disabilities. I was able to give a commencement speech for Millersville’s graduation in 2016.