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MCQ2 by zenrico
by zenrico

Dude, you rock! I have an image of a wild man frenetically attacking the canvas with brush and ink producing wonderful works of art. Yo...



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We live in a time in which advances in computer technology are creating exciting new opportunities for thousands of people who experience debilitating paralysis from disease and injury each year. No longer does physical disability have to mean a life of isolation and despair. Today, even the most severely disabled of us are using computers equipped with assistive technology to communicate with the people we encounter in our daily lives, stay connected with family and friends, manage our personal affairs, work, create, and attend school.

When I was diagnosed with ALS it never occurred to me to surrender to a life devoid of productivity, happiness, and quality. So I didn't. I adapted. When I could no longer walk, I used a chair. When my arms became so weak that I could no longer work as a professional musician I wrote and with the help of friends, self published a music instruction book. When I could no longer operate a keyboard I wrote with speech recognition software. Eventually, I lost the ability to speak and started using my current system which involves a small infrared sensor that clips to my glasses and responds to tiny facial movements.

Two years ago I discovered digital art and with it came a new passion. I realize that there are limits to what I can accomplish artistically yet I persevere and continue to learn. While my drawings may appear simplistic to some I believe in the universal truth that less is more and that much can be said with a few simple lines.

To truly live a life of quality, however, it is not enough to achieve personal success and happiness. I have been blessed with good insurance, a steady income, and people who love and support me. Others are less fortunate. I believe it is important to offer a helping hand to those in need. It is my hope that this is reflected in my art and how I live . If I have helped others who find themselves in a seemingly hopeless situation realize that disability does not mean inability and that a life of quality is within reach then I have achieved success.

Thomas Nelson (2010)
I don't own a mobile phone,  
Can't speak or give a toast.
So I must type the hidden words,
Every time I post.
But if they stood before me,
I'm sure they'd be agreeable.
According to the ADA,
They should be more accessible.
  • Listening to: BNL

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slfc Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010   Photographer
thanq for the fave :P
zenrico Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: :heart: :heart:
bitnerz Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
You are loved.
samoth3 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Thank you darlin'.
MostlyHarmless121 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
No problem!
zenrico Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hey thank you : D :+favlove: !!
samoth3 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
soniaflores1610 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the fav
samoth3 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
You're welcome.
DarthPlagueis Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Your work will inspire anyone who visits this page :)
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