Mikayla's Voice Spreads Message
Updated On: Jun 30 2010 05:43:53 AM CDT
She may not be able to speak, but 15-year-old Mikayla Resh's voice is being heard.
From the classroom to the Nazareth, Northampton County community, her mom has made it her mission to have Mikayala included.
For all of their differences, they have much in common.
Mikayla can't speak, but kids understand her anyway.
I met Mikayla in 3rd grade, said Logan Houptley. She was actually one of my first friends.
Mikayala was born with profound brain damage, which led to cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, blindness, hearing impairment and other medical conditions.
As you watch people that don't know about it, said Lauren Resh, it's just, they kinda stare a lot. So knowing and growing up with Mikayla has taught me so much.
Mikayla's mom didn't want her oldest daughter to be treated any differently. So, she's worked to have her included in the classroom...
We have chosen to include her in regular education classes since she was in kindergarten, said Kimberly Resh. It's about so much more than Mikayla. It's about showing our story and getting kids to show their stories so that other schools and communities will embrace their children as ours has Mikayla.
She's started a non-profit organization called Mikayla's Voice.
It's an acronym for the voice of inclusion for children everywhere, said Kimberly.
Going off the Silly Bandz craze, the family and Mikayla's friends started selling "incluzion bandz" to raise money for educational programs.
I always put myself in Mikayla's shoes and be like I wouldn't want to go to school and nobody talk to me, nobody include me, go to different classes and be set aside from everybody during the day, said Hannah Oren.
Now the hope is that others hear Mikayla's voice.
Copyright 2011 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
'Frustrated' teen mom threw infant against wall, police say
Daughter: Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably'
Two behind bars after drug bust in Reading
Boater charged in drowning deaths of 2 best friends
Police: Man inappropriately touched 8-year-old girl
Israel finds body of missing seminary student from New Jersey
Mom heading to trial for allegedly discarding stillborn baby
Life Lessons: 4 household toxins to trash
Fatal accident closes section of Route 309 in Schuylkill County
Hurricane Cristobal churns surf along Jersey shore