Thanks For Giving Me The Gift Of Wings

When I was a teenager, I was the local Easter seals ambassador. I would give speeches and act as the voice for families receiving support from the Easter Seal Society. It was through giving these speeches that I would meet people who would later change my perspective on the world. In 2005 I was given an opportunity that would forever change me.

 At first I was reluctant. I thought this was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I had the chance to go flying in a ultralite plane. My friend is a pilot and aerial photographer and I was given a chance to go up in his plane with him.
The ultralite is the closest thing a human can feel to that of a bird in flight. The beautiful June day showed itself to be a nice day for a flight. We went up in early evening and it was powerful. I only wish I could do the experience justice with written word. But, sadly I cannot. It was one of very few times in my life when I completely forgot about my chair. It is not for someone terrified of heights or flying. For those of you who aren’t away of what a ultralite is, it is a small one or two-seater plane that is open to the elements. The floor of the plane is canvas you are truly like a bird. Passengers in the ultralight can literally right out and touch the clouds with your bare hands. Which I may add feel only of water, they evaporate instantly. The pilot does have a windshield but they too can reach out to the side.
Below are some pictures from that day

Laura Forde and Carl Hiebert ultralite flight

Image posted with permission




leaving the wheelchiar to find freedom

Please note the date stamp on the pictures is incorrect

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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3 Responses to Thanks For Giving Me The Gift Of Wings

  1. Kate says:

    This is the post you wanted me to read. What a cool experience!

  2. Carlyn Crispell says:

    what a great experience!

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