Woman works to break down social barriers in world of disabled
It's Wednesday afternoon. In a room at Cubes at the Quonset in downtown San Antonio are several people with disabilities playing cards
You don't know any of them, but it doesn't take much to change that.
Vanessa, 22, loves playing sports.
20-year-old Stephanie wants to do raise money for disabled people everywhere.
18-year-old Carter knows what he wants to do in life.
"I want to get ride of bullies," said Carter.
21-year-old Cory just wants to play basketball.
"Yeah, make threes," said Cory.
12-year-old Victoria is a social butterfly, but for now has no idea what she wants to do with her life.
Julian, all of fifteen, is a born dancer.
13-year-old Nathaniel wants to change the world with his art.
Finally, 37-year-old Tiffany says she wants to do more work in the community.
There now you know them all.
Seemed easy enough, but for more than a decade, Melanie Cawthon has been working to do the same thing throughout San Antonio and beyond.
"We are breaking down the barriers that keep people with disabilities excluded," said Cawthon.
She's committed her life to it. Even opened up a non-profit called Disability SA.
She says integrating those with disabilities into the world of those without is a good thing for everyone.
"It essentially makes the world a better place," said Cawthon.
Melanie runs her entire operation from a tiny cubicle at Cubes at the Quonset. But everything she does takes her outside of these walls and into the community.
From marching in parades, going to a festival, to getting out to vote. Anything and everything is what they do.
A whole lot of fun, but with one main focus.
"If we can change the way we make conceptions, you might think twice about putting a scooter in the middle of the sidewalk. You might think twice about where you put a table and a chair in a restaurant," said Cawthon.
Or you might even make a friend or two.
Her organization is funded by donations. Cawthon said they have a fund raiser planned for next week.
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