Anastasia Somoza | A Mountain Of Humanness
“I think we live in a very ablest society and I think we’ll always have to work to fit into a society that wasn't built for us. If more of us, more of you, my friends and my allies, think about what you can do to make your world more accessible to me that would be fabulous. Because I can't do it alone.”
While most kids were practising their curveball and riding bikes, Anastasia was appealing to President Clinton on live TV. Her sister Alba, like Anastasia, was born with cerebral palsy and she was being denied the right to an equal education. Anastasia fought (and won) for Alba not to be relegated to special education classes. She was nine and the fire for activism and justice was lit.
Years later she faced her own challenge to access education. Through a truly inspiring use of crowdfunding campaigns, she raised the funds to ensure a successful education. She is now an international disability rights advocate and a powerful voice for human rights.