An event tonight is proving that people with disabilities
can not only live a fulfilled life.
but can also achieve success they never thought was
Dozens of artists with disabilities displayed their
work at Winona State University tonight.
and they got some inspiration from someone who knows
their challenges all too well.
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News 8's Madalyn O'Neill joins us from the newsroom
with the story.
Lydia Dawley is a sophmore studying communications
studies at UW-Whitewater.
But her cerebral palsy makes it so she's unable to
You may think she runs into some issues communicating
and she does.
She compared trying to communicate with others to
playing charades with someone who's a really bad guesser.
Disability Culture Celebration
Lydia Dawley has a special way of getting her point
She has cerebral palsey so she can't speak.
She talks through a communication device.
after complications at birth took away many of her
But nothing can take away her sense of humor.
I am 20 years and no I am not driving yet, you can
thank my parents for that.
Or her zeal for life
I like to laugh.
and passion for following her dreams.
She always talks about how she's feisty and has strong
willpower to ge things done.
She strives to be
first speech pathologist with communication
I was put on earth to make a difference so sitting
around feeling sorry for myself will not make for
a very fun life.
So instead of sitting around .
Dawley's mother drove her three hours to speak at
a special art show put on by students at Winona State
We're celebrating some really great art.
by amazing artists .
they are disabled but it doesn't really make a difference.
art is art.
And one lesson the students have learned is just like
art is art, people are people .
disabled or not.
Hopefully we can shine light on people with disabilities
and make it so eventually maybe everyone with a disability
is viewed as equal to people without disabilities.
We need to view people with disabilities as our friend.
So instead of looking down on those with disabilities
or even up to them for their accomplishments .
Dawley says she's really on the same level.
People with disabilities do not want sympathy.
we find friendships and to be given a chance to live
a life like everyone else.
And she'll keep sharing her story any way she can.
My goal is to teach people to see what's on the inside
of a person and not to focus on the physical things.
I hope to encourage others to find their voices and
let the world hear their stories and most importantly
I hope I can teach compassion for others.
In Winona, MO, N8
Students in a disability communication and culture
class spent time working with about 40 disabled artists
in the Winona community as they created the art on
The class teaches students about disability culture
and the success people with disabilities earn despite