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    It’s all about adapting…when it comes to disability

    Meagan Gorsuch downhill skiing

    Photo By Scott Wakefield | Meagan Gorsuch participates in downhill skiing, thanks to assistive technology. ...... read more read more

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, NM, UNITED STATES

    10.13.2022

    Story by Scott Wakefield 

    377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

    KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Meagan Gorsuch, a Kirtland Air Force Base military spouse, knows all about adapting to her disabilities. She has been Deafblind since birth. She has some sight but is still considered legally blind. She has some hearing due to her cochlear implants, but still uses American Sign Language to communicate. She has had to adapt to a world that can still be a challenge for the disabled.

    Gorsuch will participate as a panelist in an upcoming “Hero and Family Appreciation Day” Oct. 13 at the Mountain View Club on Kirtland from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Military and Family Readiness Center helped coordinate the event during National Disability Employment Awareness Month to help the community understand more about those living with disabilities.

    The panel will bring together a diverse group of individuals that have challenges they have to overcome to be able to work alongside our military members here at Kirtland.

    “We want service members and their families to learn more about the disabled community through the stories of those who live it,” said Terra Breault, event coordinator. “We are excited to see our panelists share with the community and let them know the resources that are available should they ever need them.”

    Throughout her life, Gorsuch has had to deal with discrimination due to her disabilities but feels that individuals will get a lot out of the stories they hear during the panel discussions and can ask questions to learn more services offered at Kirtland.

    “People will probably be amazed at what assistive technology and devices are available for people with disabilities to live successful lives,” Gorsuch said. “I am able to attend college because of this technology, as well as ski, ride a Onewheel, rock climb, tumble, hike…I am extremely active in my life.”

    The “Hero and Family Appreciation Day” has been an annual event for the M&FRC since 2014, as a way to share the resources available to current and potential handi-capable individuals.

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    Date Taken: 10.13.2022
    Date Posted: 10.12.2022 12:14
    Story ID: 431130
    Location: KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, NM, US 

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