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Michael Beers grew up in Missoula, MT riding the “short bus” to school. Today Michael works at Summit Independent Living in Missoula as the Youth Transitions Coordinator. He spends his days encouraging and supporting young people in our commmunity as they prepare for life after high school. In addition, he travels our state and the country spreading the positive word of Disability Advocacy to students, parents and professionals. He has always had a dream of touring using a “short bus” as transportation.
We have been searching for a bus for a long time. On March 25, 2016 we found one in Missoula. The owner has given us a great deal on the bus. It will need new tires and some work but it is a solid vehicle.
We are asking you, our friends, to help us buy and refurbish this bus and then follow us on Facebook as we take it on the road encouraging young people with a disability to pursue their dreams.
#TheShortBus is dedicated to all children who have been teased because of the small yellow bus they took to and from school. It is also dedicated to their parents and siblings, and any children who were called “shortbussed” due to a word they misspelled or a certain behavior that appeared “different” to their peers.
Many advocates have urged people to stop using the infamous R-word in their everyday language, and have successfully removed it from the DSM as an official diagnosis. But the R-attitude still persists. The words “short bus” and “special ed” continue to carry the same connotation of shaming people who are seen as “less intelligent” and therefore less human. Unfortunately, little has been done to reduce the stigma of being enrolled in special education, let alone being someone who rides the short bus. A child should never have to hide the fact that they are associated with special education in any way, not even the mode of transportation they take between home and school.
Thank you for your participation!