On May 4th, my fellow leadership team member, Lara Strassberg, and I had the amazing opportunity to attend the New York Metro Abilities Expo in Edison, New Jersey. It was an enlightening experience and I was exposed to a whole new reality. I saw for the first time people not being referred to as “disabled,” but as just having a different abilties. The advancements in technology for those who are disabled was incredible. I saw the joy and unity of the community, and the fruit of their labour brought forth that in the fascinating expo.
One of the highlights of the event was the Walk and Roll Dance Team in which members of the dance team taught visitors of the expo to dance while in their wheelchairs. It was such a moving and beautiful moment to see.
Our prompting factor for visiting the event was meeting Ali Stroker, a member of the Walk and Roll Dance Team. She is an inspiring woman, as well as a glee project finalist, who starred on Glee. She is a successful singer and actress, despite being in a car accident at the age of two years old which caused her a spinal chord injury. Ali is now a redefy spokeswoman, consultant, and advocate. We had the pleasure to spend the day with her and had such engaging discussions. We are so thankful for her involvement with our organization, her advice, and her support!
Learn more and watch our interview with her here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDmDx3WG-Z4
View pictures of our experience here; https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.694050637317626.1073741832.538146879574670&type=1