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Wheelchair Diaries

An image of Reid Davenport, maker of "Wheelchair Diaries," in his Washington, DC apartment. (Photo: Brigid McCarthy)

Reid Davenport, maker of “Wheelchair Diaries,” in his Washington, DC apartment. (Photo: Brigid McCarthy)

Editor’s Note: This radio piece was originally broadcast on PRI’s The World in June of 2013. Reid Davenport is a filmmaker and public speaker. He recently founded Through My Lens, an organization that enables college students with disabilities. Brigid McCarthy is the senior editor for BackStory.

When Reid Davenport was in college, he planned to spend a semester abroad. He was accepted into a program in Florence, but then was strongly discouraged from attending after program officials learned Davenport has cerebral palsy.

That could have been the end of the story. Instead, it gave him a powerful idea.

I met Davenport in his small apartment in downtown Washington, DC. He’s cheerful and clean cut. Davenport, who graduated from George Washington University in the spring of 2012 with a degree in journalism, is now living on his own. He says his parents raised him to be self-reliant.

“I have challenges, but everyone has challenges. Just because my challenges are more apparent doesn’t mean that I can’t do something,” he says. >>Continue reading on PRI’s The World.

Learn more about the history of disability in America by listening to BackStory‘s episode, “Body Politics.”

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