Jeremiah Prophet was born with severe cerebral palsy. He yearned to be a journalist. He struggled to make his way through high school and college. He never forgot the help that his teachers gave him in his public schools. Many people thought his dream was absurd because he can’t talk like other people, he spends most of his time in a wheelchair, and he communicates by typing on a special device, only 3-5 words a minute.

He wrote a column in the Dallas Morning News explaining how Trump had changed his life. As he watched the DeVos hearings, he realized that she had no understanding of people like him. He would never have made it in a charter school, where they have no services for children like him. During the campaign, he saw Trump supporters and Trump himself ridicule people with disabilities. He was especially upset when Trump mocked a young man like him, a 12-year-old boy in a wheelchair who used a recorded device to protest.

He wondered:

“What kind of a man insults a 12-year-old kid sitting in a wheelchair?” Why would adults bully a defenseless boy in a wheelchair?

He writes:

“His story convinced me that our country needs to hear from one stubborn journalist who has never spoken a word in his life: me.”

He ends: whenever you encounter someone in a wheelchair, remember what you read here.

A very moving story that reminds us of the power of public schools to change lives and open doors for all.