This week, I am going to blog every day about someone that I know who is leading the way showing the world that the word “disabled” does NOT mean “not able”. Yes, I know that is what the dictionary says, and that is what many in society actually think about those of us that have disabilities, but it is all wrong.
As we continue to talk about Spinal Cord Injury Awareness in the month of September, I can think of no better way to make you aware than allow you to meet some of my amazing friends who have spinal cord injuries. I am proud to know them and admire each of them. Not because they are disabled, but because they do not allow that disability to define them.
Today, I would like to introduce you to Alex Jackson.
I have met Alex since I have moved to South Carolina through the SC Spinal Cord Injury Association. He has an amazing smile that will capture your eye right away! The next thing you notice after that is his camera! He is a very talented photographer and rolls around capturing the beauty that he sees.
Alex has been a quadriplegic since he was injured in a car accident as a small infant.
Here is his bio:
I was born and raised in Charleston, SC and was injured in a car accident when I was an infant. I have C5-C6 incomplete SCI.
Now 27 years old, I haven’t let my disability interfere with the ability to accomplish my goals. I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Communication, both from College of Charleston. Throughout college, I hosted a radio show called The ‘A’ Train, where I shared my experiences of living with a disability. I also DJ’d gospel and R&B music.
I still enjoy sharing how I live with a disability, but now I tell my story through my blog, Tuesday Talk With Alex. On my site, you can find information about current disability issues. I also share photos and videos of me driving my van, wall climbing and playing tennis. I’m an avid photographer and enjoy taking pictures of sunsets, flowers and other nature scenes.
I’m working as a writer and editor in the Public Affairs Office for the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) in North Charleston, SC. When I’m not working, I volunteer my time with a number of disability organizations, including AccessAbility and the local chapter of the SC Spinal Cord Injury Association.
I’m grateful for all of my abilities. My motto in life is that “I’m living with a disability and a purpose!” and I want to share that with the world.
As you can see, Alex is more than able! He has accomplished more with a disability than many able bodied people I know. Be sure to check out his blog, “Tuesday Talk With Alex”. Alex, I am honored to know you! Keep up the good work!
Enjoy some of his gorgeous photos! I know the one I have picked for my wall!