"I think a disability is something that stops you or limits you from being able to do the things that you want to do," explains one 15-year-old teen who knows how hard it can be to live with an impairment that makes everyday tasks challenges. Legally blind, the teen says she can't even make out blurs anymore; for her, it's like looking down a black straw and seeing a bright light at the end of it. But despite progressively losing her vision starting at 16 weeks old, she hasn't let her disability stop her from doing something that she loves.
When she told her parents that she wanted to become a pole vaulter her parents said they had a lot of concerns. As some people in Illinois may know, pole vaulting can be an incredibly difficult activity--even for people with full vision. But it was a challenge the 15-year-old wanted to try, and her parents said it was something they couldn't say no to.