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President's Day

President’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. When I was in school, I loved learning about the famous presidents in social studies class. I still like to study the presidents today through books and movies. We can learn a lot from their life stories.

One of my favorite presidents happened to have a disability because he had polio, which made him unable to walk. His name was Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  When I was watching Warm Springs, an HBO film, I saw that FDR was able to overcome his disability by focusing on his abilities as a leader. I like the way he learned how to swim. The biography of his life is very inspiring to me. 

President John Fitzgerald Kennedy also did a lot for people with disabilities because of his sister Rosemary, who had a developmental disability. JFK helped to change peoples’ attitudes about people with disabilities.  

I had the opportunity to meet President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, at the While House.  At the time, I was doing a public service announcement for the Americans with Disabilities Act. President Bush had just signed the Americans with Disabilities Act bill into law. This is a very important law. Presidents can make a big difference in the lives of people with disabilities and it’s very important for them to help through disability awareness. President’s Day is a very important day when we should celebrate and support our past and current presidents.   

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