Anastasia Somoza was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia when she was born, but her drive to help others who have disabilities all across America shines immensely bright, despite her challenges.
Her moving DNC speech discussing Hillary Clinton’s role in providing support both emotionally and in terms of resources will give you tears or goosebumps, or both. She adamantly says, “Donald Trump doesn't see me, he doesn't hear me, and he definitely doesn't speak for me."
Following the Trump’s mocking of a disabled reporter that was bad enough to make you cringe, it’s no wonder that Somoza took center stage and landed a standing ovation for her words.
She said, “In a country where 56 million Americans with disabilities so often feel invisible, Hillary Clinton sees me.”
On June 26 of last year, Clinton said, “We should acknowledge how the disabilities community has played such an important role in changing things for the better in our country.” On her campaign site, she promises to continue the commitments of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), help those with disabilities live in integrated community settings and have fulfilling jobs, and provide tax relief for those families who are taking care of loved ones with disabilities, illnesses, or old age.
Clinton has an extensive background in her fight for rights for the disabled in America. Her first job out of law school was with the Children’s Defense Fund, and while working she has noticed that many parents were not sending their kids to school because of the lack of accommodations for students with disabilities. With that information, Clinton presented evidence to Congress to try and help disabled students gain more access to education.
Somoza closed her speech with an ode to Clinton’s continued support that she has personally felt, saying, “Thank you for showing me how to live boldly and with a courageous heart.”
See her speech from night one of the DNC below.
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