A Voice for the Voiceless

I want to speak up

for those who can’t talk

can’t walk

can’t see

can’t interact


there were so many can’ts in that sentence

why not focus on what a person CAN do?

I am sick of this society

pushing us aside

like we don’t matter


we do matter

we do have a voice

We each have a purpose

we are loved and cherished

we have a life

we were placed on this earth for a reason


I have a disability

it is part of my life

and something I will fight for

until there is change

till we are recognized

not just in this country

but around the world


We just want to be loved

have friends

and treated like a normal person


Please look beyond our inabilities

and look at our abilities

look at our hearts

look at what we have

not what we don’t have


Just because I have a DISability

doesn’t mean that I don’t have other amazing abilities

and skills to offer the world


I have a voice

and I will use it for the voiceless



Jessica Ebersole is a twenty-something who lives in Chicago and explores life through the eyes of someone with a disability. Jessica has cerebral palsy but she does not let that stop her. She spends her days at a children’s museum and enjoys serving the community in various ways. She loves spending time with family, connecting with friends and photography.