Two years ago, I voted for the first time soon after I turned 18. This year I wanted to get more involved in the process so went to my local caucus. I raised my hand to be a delegate. The next step was going to the Organizing Unit convention. I caucused for disability rights and… Continue reading Ready to convene
I love to watch sports and so I thought I'd write about something other than accessibility, disability rights, or politics for a change. As we get ready for the World Cup, the United States is not in. So since I'm from the United States who should I root for? Since I am a huge fan… Continue reading One Month until the World Cup: Who do we root for?
Welcome to my new blog site! I’ve moved my blog to JustinSmithWrites.com I’ve been learning how to set up everything in WordPress, which has been fun. It’s pretty easy to use. So, sign up to receive notifications for when I post a new blog from my new site. Let me know what you think! It… Continue reading I’m here and stuff
Check out my latest video about how I get ready for being a keynote speaker and having several breakout sessions at the upcoming Charting the C's Conference. At last count, there will be about 650 educators, therapists, and K-12 school professionals at the main conference. My keynote presentation title is Reimagining the Possibilities: A Work in Progress. I'll… Continue reading Video blog for my latest update
I haven’t written much lately. I try to be positive about living my life and don’t always share when life gets hard. Lately, it’s been kind of rough, though. I thought I’d be excited to get my new wheelchair. Yesterday, I about drove into the garbage cans at the Mall of America, when my joystick got… Continue reading Life as I Know It
Show Up It was an exciting day yesterday. I was a delegate to my Senate District’s Organizing Convention. I believe it's so important for young people and people with disabilities to SHOW UP and get involved in the political process. You can have a voice in the nominating process and resolutions that help build the… Continue reading Show Up and Dance with Me!
Top things I look back on from 2017 Making my voice heard – If you would have told me a year ago that I would be featured in a Microsoft Inclusion in Action video series that hundreds of thousands of people would be watching, I would have said, “are you kidding me?” I feel honored that so… Continue reading Hello 2018, Goodbye 2017
Just say no I have fought and will continue to stand against every single attack to cut Medicaid because of these three words - freedom to choose. People with disabilities should have the freedom to choose how to live their lives and I can only do that with the help of Medicaid. The Medicaid funding… Continue reading Tax Cuts and Jobs Act
Before I start, for those of you who have not read the book I am going to talk about, this doesn't have any spoilers for Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. The book covers a very serious issue regarding teens, mental health. If you or a loved one is dealing with a mental illness, let the person know there are people who… Continue reading Turtles All the Way Down
I am honored to be featured in Microsoft’s Inclusion in Action video series because it shows how I use technology to share my voice with the world and just how important technology is for me every single day of my life. The video of me is being released on Monday, 10/30/17 at 11:00 CST. If you found my blog… Continue reading Inclusion in Action