FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Bert Bowes Middle School student Trinitey Douglas hosted the Disability Awareness District Night on Tuesday evening.
Douglas who is currently in Grade 9 was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) as a child, decided she wanted to bring awareness to the matter and help those with disabilities and educate them on self-acceptance. She got the idea to host the event from a visit to a convention in Las Vegas last year.
“I had the choice to go to a Lady Gaga concert or the convention,” said Douglas. “I thought it would be great to meet teenagers who share the same disabilities as me and to have conversations with people who understand. I think there is too much of a guideline for what a person has to look like to fit in.”
Those diagnosed with AMC suffer from joint hardening resulting in abnormal fibrosis of the muscle tissue causing muscle shortening and the inability to perform extension and flexing of the joints.
Keynote speaker of the event Ward Foley who is from Norton, Kansas was also diagnosed with AMC, met Douglas at the convention in Nevada. After getting local sponsors on board with her idea she was able to get Foley up to Fort St. John for the event. The two visited classroom’s Wednesday to give presentations and educate Trinitey’s fellow Bert Bowes’ students on the importance of self-acceptance and to understand that nobody is made exactly the same.