The Voice of Ability Series

Ewald - Special needs doesn't mean young man doesn't have a meaningful life

By Andrew Ewald
My name is Andrew Ewald and my parish is St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita. I will be 28 years old in a few weeks. I have had special needs all my life.
There are some things I can’t do, like reading, writing, and tying my shoes. But there are many things I can do. I can sing. I can dance. I can swim a little. I can help at home.
I went to special ed classes at Bryant, Kessler, Wilbur, and Northwest. But I also went to St. Francis Catholic School and Bishop Carroll Catholic High School part-time. I made lots of friends. Now I attend Catholic Charities Adult Day Services program. Everyone is always so nice to me.
I am in a special performing group called Laughing Feet Performers. We sing and dance and put on shows at Century II. It is my favorite thing to do.
I also like to be in the Knights of Columbus with my dad. We go to meetings and help raise money for charities. I was in the Boy Scouts at St. Francis and earned my Eagle Scout Award in 2011.
I go to dance classes at Dance Reflections every Monday and Tuesday. It is a lot of fun. Another favorite thing to do is going to Holy Family Camp every summer. I have gone to camp for at least 15 years. I have played soccer on a special team with AYSO since I was 5 years old.
I live at home with my mom and dad. My sister, Clare, lives in Colorado and I love to go visit her and her family. I have a niece and twin nephews. I love them so much! They are wonderful.

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