by Sharon Wachsler
A disability law website is running an essay contest for children in New England, grades 2 through 6, on the topic of "how someone with a disability has inspired them." The word limit is 500. The deadline is October 31.
According to the listing in the Bangor Daily News, "In an effort to encourage disability awareness among students, Social Security Disability Help, is hosting our first ever New England Disability Awareness Essay Contest."
Although "inspiration" is not a theme that this disability rights activist generally thinks of as a useful tool for disability-awareness raising -- there is already so much "inspiration porn" in the media about disability -- since role models of other kids and adults with disabilities can be so useful to kids with disabilities, and so scarce, I'm hoping a disabled kid will be the winning writer! Plus, you're never too young to learn to write something persuasive or moving.
Several winners will be selected. A cash prize will be donated to the charity of each winner's choice; they will also each receive a gift card from Barnes and Noble.
For details on the contest, check out this listing, or call Molly Clark at 857-366-7629.