This Viral Facebook Page Puts Disabled Kids' Stories Front and Center
"I want to boss people around," says the young girl sitting next to the former teacher, a big smile spreading across her face. She's explaining her reason for wanting to be a teacher when she grows up, as part of a light-hearted interview with the man sitting next to her. The man is Chris Ulmer, a former special education teacher from Florida who has made it his mission to allow kids with mental and physical differences to tell their own stories.
Initially, Chris wanted to fill a book with the ideas and opinions of the kids he talked to. But after getting rejected by 50 publishers, he says, he decided to pursue a different format: video. Chris began filming his conversations with his students and sharing the interviews on social media. The concept took off quickly.
Chris now shares his videos with more than 1.7 million followers of his Facebook page, making it abundantly clear that there's a massive appetite for the stories that he and his interview subjects are telling. These days, Chris travels around the world to talk with kids. He refers to them as "neurodiverse," and explains that "everyone's brain is diverse... and when you respect that idea, you begin to see that everyone is the same."
Press play on the video above to get a taste of the beautiful stories that Chris is helping to bring to life.