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Carlsbad High School's Ability Awareness Assembly

ability awarenessOn Tuesday, February 4th, Carlsbad High School hosted an Ability Awareness Assembly for the entire student body. Two speakers, Ethan Hirschberg and Charles "Chaka" Webb were featured, as well as an adaptive basketball team from San Diego called the San Diego Silverbacks. Carlsbad High School’s Best Buddies officers opened and closed the assembly, speaking to the lifelong positive impact the program has on each of their lives.

Ethan, an 18 year old high school senior from San Dieguito Academy, shared his story about growing up with Autism and some of the challenges he’s faced. Ethan explained what tics and stimming are, and how they help calm him down, in order to educate everyone why people with Autism exhibit these behaviors. Ethan also drove home the message about not having to be "friends" with everyone, but do be "friendly" to everyone. As a teenager himself, Ethan was able to relate to the students and had an extremely impactful message for the students and staff of Carlsbad High School. To learn more about Ethan, check out his personal blog here. He has had millions of views worldwide.

Chaka, a local paraplegic surfer and founder for Stoke for Life Foundation, shared his experience of becoming disabled at the age of 19, and how that has impacted his life. Chaka described being given the gift to be the first disabled paddle boarder to compete in an open water competition, and felt it was his obligation to pass on this gift and help others. He spoke about the ripple effect of doing kind things for others, and how it quickly spreads. Chaka’s take away message was it’s so much easier to be kind than it is to be a bully, and then challenged the students and staff of Carlsbad High School to get out and volunteer in some capacity, and watch how quickly the ripple effect will happen.  

The San Diego Silverbacks showcased their skills in a 3 on 3 basketball game, and promoted their message that regardless of physical abilities, everyone can be an athlete. This is their first year as an organization, and their eventual hope is to travel the world competing with other challenged athletes. To learn more about their nonprofit organization, please visit their Roll to Success website.


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