Ryan: Why My Disability Is A Gift

Ryan Wilson poses with two occupational therapists in a hospital room.

By Ryan Wilson

Chief Executive Officer, Team Trust

I firmly believe my disability is a gift.

I understand some persons with disabilities may not think their disabilities are “gifts,” and I know a disability can lead to discrimination, hospital visits, medical bills and other unnecessary obstacles.

None of those obstacles are fun. 

But I personally would not change a thing.

I cannot change the fact that I break bones easier, and I cannot change the fact that there are obstacles to, say, just enter a restaurant.

If I cannot change it (the fact that I have a disability), then why should I be down about it?

I will advocate for equality all the time, and that’s just part of what I do for others and myself.

I do like me, and I don’t ever want that to change.

– Ryan Wilson

If I was unhappy with my having brittle bones, then I’m just unhappy.

If I didn’t like being 3 foot 8, then I don’t like me. 

I do like me, and I don’t ever want that to change.

My disability has led me to life-changing experiences and friends that few are grateful to have, and that’s a gift.

To learn more about Ryan, see his bio. You can also send him a note.

Published by Ryan Wilson

CEO of Team Trust

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