Disability Awareness Spotlight
Updated: Apr 11
𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐢𝐬 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐌𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐡, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬. 𝐓𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲, 𝐰𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐄𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐤𝐬𝐨𝐧. 𝐊𝐲𝐥𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐭 North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝-𝐮𝐩 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐧 at Kyle Erickson Comedy, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐈𝐧𝐜. 𝐁𝐨𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫.
𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟.
My name is Kyle Erickson and I'm a Research Associate at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities and I'm a "stand up" comedian on the side. When I'm not on stage performing or helping other people with disabilities, I enjoy watching pro wrestling, hanging out with my dog, and spending time with my family.
𝐓𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐃𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲.
I have cerebral palsy, and I use a wheelchair to get around. I was born with it (the CP, not the wheelchair)
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲?
My advice would be to never stop fighting. You deserve to have just as much of a fulfilling life as anyone. You just might have to work harder at it, but it's so worth it! Reach out if you need help.