Kevin was three months old when he was diagnosed with Athetoid (dyskinetic) cerebral palsy. Now 24 years’ old, Kevin is Making His Mark as an author.
Kevin’s CP impacts the use of his hands, and his spasms meant many of the ways other people with CP use technology didn’t work for him.
“I was introduced to a head pointer by my occupational therapist at around 10 years old, but the metal gave me a headache after a while. Then I used my nose one day and realised I was more in control and more efficient. From then on I used my nose,” shared Kevin.
Kevin loves to write, and is using his unique perspective to pen stories he hopes will inspire others.
“My goal is to become a well-known successful author and inspire others to maximize their abilities.
“An able bodied person can see the world standing while I see the world from a wheelchair so my perspective is more of a unique humbleness and to be blessed by my faith,” said Kevin.
Practically, Kevin has had to make some adjustments to ensure he can type comfortably.
“I have a Phone holder that puts my phone in an upright position so I can access my phone with my nose while in sitting in my wheelchair as opposed to sitting on the floor leaning over my phone or laptop,” Kevin added.
Kevin’s advice to others is to be open to new ideas, and to try a bit of innovation and creativity.
“Don’t be afraid to try things, sometimes it may just need to be modified and other times it just cannot happen and it’s okay to accept that. God has a purpose for all of us. There is no perfect and there is no normal. We are all special,” Kevin finished.
Kevin also shared one of his favourite bible verses.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. “ Psalm 139: 13-14.