Verse: Proverbs 31:29 says, “Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.”
October is Disability Awareness Month, and we are talking about Abigail Brown. Abbey has secondary dystonia, can’t speak, and has very little control of her body, but she does not let her disability define her.
Abbey is an overcomer. Her mom recognized very soon after Abbey’s diagnosis that Abbey was a fighter and very bright. When entering pre-kindergarten, Abbey was tested with different methods used for nonverbal students, and she tested cognitive at age level or above. She could be encouraged to learn like other children her age, just in a modified way physically. She learned to use adapted communication devices with ease. To accommodate her learning, Abbey went to school for half of each school day and homeschooled the other half.
During high school Abbey was homeschooled and used DVDs for learning. She loved Bible and History class. Typical of most people, she found being a teenager was awkward and struggled with asking for help, especially when studying for a test. She wanted to be independent and succeed on her own.
Many teenagers with disabilities struggle with the amount of extra help, hard work, and time they need to succeed. Abbey’s advice for struggling learners is “just humble yourself and ask for help…your teachers care about you and want the best for you.”
Check out Abbey’s blog at https://abidingwithjoyinchrist.com/