Taking the lead
Carin Brown takes the initiative to advocate for disabled people's right.
By Melissa Mouriz
When Carin Brown was diagnosed with Larsen's Syndrome, a rare disease of the joints and body, she didn't let it get her down. And when she lost her hearing after a bout with meningitis as a baby, she didn't let it stop her.
And to prove it, these days the 21-year-old junior is president of
the Union of Students with Disabilities and a leader in various
other on-campus groups. She spoke to the O&B about fighting the
Q: What made you want to get involved in disabled people's rights?
A: Growing up I was never involved because there weren't a lot of disabled people at my high school. I was never made fun of, I was always accepted. I've matured a lot and grown a lot. UF has made me more aware. It's a learning environment.
Q: What is the most rewarding part?
A: Seeing the impact it has on people in terms of what they learn. Also, what I learn. I learn about being a group, taking initiative and carrying out ideas. I have had so many wonderful experiences.
Q: What is the most important message you wish to convey?
A: Eighty percent of people with disabilities do not receive education or rehabilitation. One in 10 Americans have a disability. Disability is also a minority. People need to recognize this and comply with rules enacted to level the playing field. Like I say, I'm able-minded, disabled-bodied.