CHARLOTTETOWN – Think it. Dream it. Live it. That’s Brett Robinson’s motto.
Robinson has been named 2014 Easter Seal Ambassador.
The 15-year-old has cerebral palsy, which confines him to a wheelchair or walker and means he uses a Tobii communicator to speak for him. But that doesn’t stop him from being like any other kid his age.
Robinson, who resides in Mermaid, said he’s excited to work with Easter Seals and present at Island schools, given how much the organization has helped him out.
“I hope this campaign can help Islanders with disabilities get the support they need. Throughout my journey as 2014 Easter Seal Ambassador I hope to bring awareness to my communication device.”
The campaign will bring awareness to programs and equipment for people with disabilities on the Island.
Funds raised during the campaign are given to various support groups such as Joy Riders, P.E.I. Special Olympics, and the P.E.I. Council of People with Disabilities.
Robinson will tour across P.E.I. starting on April 15, until April 24.
He said his sister, Jade, helps him with the presentations.
“I have the best older sister ever,” he said, adding they have spoken to Health PEI, Occupational Therapy Atlantic Conference, Holland College classes, and the English Language School Board.
Robinson also uses a wheelchair and a walker in school.
“I love school and always try to do my best!”
He said his disability doesn’t affect his everyday life.
“I enjoy life so much and do not miss out on a thing!”
Robinson loves to go kayaking, hang out with his friends, play music and go bowling.
The Grade 10 student works hard and is thrilled to work with Easter Seals to promote awareness of disabilities.
Robinson started non-traditional communication at the age of three.
Using his communication device, he now has unlimited space for words and phrases, which are selected through head switches. He can even search the web with the device.
So, as Robinson tours the Island, he hopes to inspire people to donate to make life better for those with disabilities, knowing the big impact it can make in a person’s life.
“I hope all Islanders in similar situations can get the support they need to help them achieve their goals.”