Our Ambassadors

Marissa Lelogeais

Marissa Lelogeais is not a person defined by cerebral palsy. If you ask her she will say her life is music, and music is her life.

Reggae would most definitely be number one. However I also LOVE Broadway shows, so musical theater as well.
Marissa
For sure for sure. I'll be walking down the street and someone will look at me weirdly or someone will think I have a leg injury. I also walk with a red and white tipped cane due to my low vision. It frustrates me when I am trying to do something and my brain doesn't catch up to my body quickly enough.
Marissa
Singing onstage and playing music with my friends gives me so much joy that I feel like I could burst. When I'm onstage, I feel empowered. While I may have CP, I can still play music and sing songs I wrote which I hope will make the people at the show smile...and dance!!
Marissa

Bill Richards, Jr

My name is Bill Richards, Jr. I have Cerebral Palsy. I am non verbal, I use a speech program from words plus to help communicate. I give disability awareness speeches to 4th graders 2 or 3 times a month. I also speak to future doctors and nurses about disability related issues to help educate them about disability related topics before they start their Medical related careers.

I went to a standard high school in the San Francisco bay area, and to junior college in Sacramento, California. I live alone in my own home with 24 hour personal care outside Sacramento, California. I enjoy swimming, bowling, and visiting with my friends, my with my family in Tahoe, California, and New York, or where ever else my family lives.

If the real time thought-to-speech system ever did come on to the market, I would be interested to try it. My personality comes thru so much better with computer program then it ever has when I was using only the word-board, and hopefully with some hard work and training some day I might be able to use a real time thought-to-speech system.