Forum gives teen training for advocacy

Student achiever

October 04, 2000

The student: William Moriarty, 16

School: Glenelg High School

Special achievement: Participated in the first Maryland Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities sponsored by the state at Bowie State University. In the forum, participants with disabilities learned advocacy skills and set individual goals to help the community. William, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, was chosen to participate based on the strength of essays in which he described his leadership capabilities and long-term community service objective.

His long-term objective: "I'm planning on being a psychologist, and I'd like to set up my own practice and sort of cater to people with disabilities"

Living with muscular dystrophy: "It definiteiy humbles you. And you have to face a lot of problems like: I moved here last year and my School, where I am now, never had anyone full-time with a wheelchair and we had to go through hurdles."

Paving the way for others: "At this School, I'm setting some standards, so it will be easier for them to deal with people with physical handicaps"

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