Tag: disability

Jake Olson – A Young Man Loses His Sight, But Finds His Way

When he was 9 years old, cancer forced the removal of Jake Olson’s left eye. After that, he overcame the return of cancer eight times…but the ninth time proved too much and his right eye also had to be removed. But Jake’s courage and optimism in the face of potential blindness has… Read more »

A Real Lucky Duck! Arkansas 8th Graders Create a New Leg for Peg the Duck!

Patsy Smith, from Mississippi Country, Arkansas, has raised ducks for many years. One of her ducks, Peg, was a bit different. When he was young, Peg lost one of his legs from a run-in with a turtle. After a while, the wound on his leg started to become infected. So… Read more »

Abbey Curran: Not Only Miss Iowa, But ‘Miss You Can Do It’

Abbey Curran was born with Cerebral Palsy, a condition that causes issues with muscle tone, posture and movement.  When she was a child, she was told that she would never walk without holding onto something. Then, in her teens, long after she had conquered walking, she wanted to try out something… Read more »

Hoshi and Zen – A Fluffy Duo Who Are Friends To The End!

Do you have a great friend?  Someone who is there for you in good times and in bad?  The story of Hoshi and Zen shows the power of friendship. Hoshi is an American Eskimo dog.  He had his eyes removed due to a disease when he was 11 years old. He… Read more »

No arms, No problem – Meet Richie Parker, NASCAR champion

Richie Parker has never listened to people telling him what he could not do. Born without arms, he and his parents did not let this stop him from having a normal childhood. This attitude served him well as he became an adult.  His amazing perseverance and focus has enabled him… Read more »

Jennifer Bricker – Gymnast Born Without Legs Shows That ‘Everything is Possible’

The story of Jennifer Bricker is one of the most amazing ones we have have ever featured on IMK! It is full of both great life lessons and great surprises. It is a story everyone should know. Jennifer was born in Romania without any legs. She was later adopted by a… Read more »

Chris Rosati – The Butterfly Effect Spreads Kindness and Inspires Kids Around the World

Chris Rosati was a father of two young girls. He had a very serious disease, ALS, that changed his life forever. But while some people might see their illness as a burden, Chris saw it as an opportunity.  To change the world. He wanted to see what one random act of kindness could do to change the world.  He… Read more »

No Limbs No Matter – A Farmer Makes the Most of His Gifts

Chris is a farmer at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark, California.  He works hard, performs many jobs around the farm and has a great attitude. But Chris is not exactly like other farmers at Apricot Lane or elsewhere.  What is unique is that he was born without arms or legs.… Read more »

35 Inspiring Quotes for Kids About Being Different and Being Yourself

As Henry David Thoreau said, “you are a marvel.”  Everyone on our planet different and special in their own way. You have unique gifts and talents.  You have a unique personality and style.  You think and feel differently than others do.  Your likes and dislikes are not exactly the same… Read more »

Louis Braille – While Just A Teen, He Became a Pioneer for the Blind!

Back in the nineteenth century, when Louis Braille was just three years old, an accident left him blind. As he grew, Louis wanted to read and write, but he felt frustrated with the few slow, difficult methods available at the time for blind people. So Louis came up with an idea, and as a… Read more »