10 Lawmakers Accept Teen’s ‘Eye-Opening’ Challenge to Spend a Day in His Wheelchair

Article Link: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/lawmakers-accept-teens-challenge-to-spend-day-in-wheelchairs/

Discussion posted by: David McNamara

An eighth grade student managed to convince a team of legislators to participate in a day-long lesson which they will remember for the rest of their life. 14-year-old Alex Johnson has been using a wheelchair since he was in second grade due to a form of skeletal dysplasia—a condition which affects the growth of his bones and cartilage. Since the teen from Lebanon, Tennessee has now been using a wheelchair for most of his life, he has been issuing a simple challenge to his peers and classmates: spend a day in a wheelchair so they can understand what it’s like to be disabled.