Marina Morris was a Russian orphan who was born with cerebral palsy and brought to the United States at the age of six. Marina does not think of herself as disabled; she has NEVER thought of herself as disabled. That’s mostly because she was brought up by parents who didn’t see her as disabled, and who would not allow her to see herself that way. It made all the difference.
Marina is a college graduate, a business professional, a public speaker, advocate, an accomplished golfer. And oh, by the way, she has cerebral palsy.
Many people just don’t realize the extraordinary accomplishments and the enormous progress that so-called “disabled” individuals have made in our world. Millions are productively employed, pay taxes, live independently, and are valuable, contributing members of society. The truth is that people with disabilities can—and do—participate in ALL AREAS of the American workforce. They THRIVE when they fully participate in their communities, and in turn, the communities thrive!
Today, we have more enlightened and intelligent attitudes about people with disabilities. Our society provides more support, assistance, education and employment opportunities. People with disabilities are living healthier and longer lives. If we give them a chance, they can have very positive rather than negative social and economic impact.
Watch MI Healthy Mind and learn more about this remarkable young woman.