Emma Lockwood

The doctor said, “She doesn’t know what she is talking about.” and walked out of the room. I have never been so frustrated in my life. My opinions and feelings were being dismissed because I have a physical disability and people assume I can’t think for myself. Then and there I vowed that I would use my talents to raise awareness about people living with disabilities.


Over the next few years my talent and love for art began to grow. I fostered this love with classes that encouraged me in becoming a better artist. I saved money and purchased the programs that I needed to create art without the assistance of others. My physical disability, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, limits my physical movements. This limitation makes it difficult to create within the physical arts. I can create art on my computer with programs such as Adobe illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. I also have Von Willibrans which makes any medical procedures, or Spinraza shots that I have for SMA more difficult to get through. It takes a lot more planning and requires more time in the hospital.



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