It's OK to talk to the kid in the wheelchair (video)

7:11 PM, Nov 6, 2013   |    comments
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YUBA CITY, CA - It was a strange idea by a River Valley High School senior, but one that had an entire school excited.

Nick Handlos, born with spina bifida, asked classmates to spend a week in a wheelchair to get a small glimpse into his life.

"They don't know what I'm capable of. They just think that because I'm in a wheelchair that means that I can't do a lot of things," Handlos said. "I can do basically every single thing they can do, just a whole lot differently."

Thirteen of his classmates accepted the challenge. Hours into the first day, the challenge turned into a lesson about breaking barriers as RVHS students became more comfortable with talking and asking questions.

"It's the elephant in the room, it's the obvious thing that no one wants to talk about," said teacher Bob Moore, who is also in a wheelchair. "Once you start talking about it you deflate the whole situation. Then you can get real and start being a real human being and start having interpersonal relationships that are real."


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