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Advocate Profile: Laura

Selfie of Laura and her two nieces all with big smiles, Laura adores everything about her nieces.

What is your favorite memory/ moment that brought you lots of joy? Getting my kidney transplant.. among many

What is something people generally don’t know about you? Boy, that’s hard I share a lot. That I can’t swallow jello.. there is a theory to explore behind that.

Who is Laura? I am a daughter, sister aunt, Christian, community theatre Director, actor etc. I’m a good friend who people feel comfortable asking for help from.

What gets your fired up about the disability movement? Getting people to be more accepting of differences.

What is your advocacy platform? Teaching children about disabilities especially mine to help them learn we are normal people.

What barriers or challenges do you face in this movement? Currently the attitude that because I am medically fragile my life isn’t as worth it as others.

What do you want those who do not identify with disability to know? That everyone has something to contribute to society.

What areas are you still growing/hope to grow? Personally? Professionally? I am still learning a lot of things from younger advocates which also means I’m learning about myself more.

Who was the person/role model who inspired you to look into disability advocacy? Why/how did they inspire you? The first one I can think of was Jeri Jewel. She was the first person with a disability I saw acting. She was funny and laughed at herself like I do.

When people look at you/up to you, what do you hope they see? That I’m still smiling and trying the best I can.

What are your next steps? That I’m willing to go to schools or groups or classes to talk about disabilities.

How do we follow you?! FaceBook: Laura (Betts) Harmon

Instagram: bluros44

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