Guest Blog: Bringing Visibility to Disability by Andrea Haefele

It’s not often that I reblog a post from somewhere else but this one is special for a few reasons:

1. Andrea is an acquaintance of mine with whom I have worked with on several occasions and love doing so.

2. The Healthy Mom Challenge is all about getting myself and my family healthy and this post centres on physical activity.

3. Andrea is a fellow mom who does an amazing job of bringing awareness to children and families living with disabilities in support of her daughter Bella who has severe Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Have a read of her story below and show some love by voting for Bella’s video in the FilmPossible 2014 video contest hosted by Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Last year I was overjoyed to open my blog up to a post by my friend Andrea (read it here). She shared her personal story about her families mission to bring visibility to children and families living with disabilities in support of her daughter Bella who has severe Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bella was going against the odds and with families from the Birchmount Community Centre she would race her first Triathlon, she rocked it (read it here).  Andrea opened her heart in a way that was so real and authentic that I knew I had to share her story, I was touched by the strength of my friend and I knew you would be too.

A couple weeks ago Andrea reached out again. In the name of bringing awareness to children and families with disabilities Andrea has created a video of Bella’s triathlon experience and it…

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