Valley student gets grant to start school club for students with disabilities

Published: Dec. 2, 2016 at 11:53 AM EST
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A Rockingham County student has now received a grant to start a club at his school for students with special needs.

Cayden Stump, a senior at East Rockingham High School, held a school-wide assembly Friday to introduce the new club.

"I just wanted to have something here at my school to say 'Hey, people with disabilities are just like you and me," Stump said."

Stump got a grant through the "I'm Determined Project," sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education.

According to it's website, the 'I'm Determined Project' "facilitates youth, especially those with disabilities, to undertake a measure of control in their lives, helping to set and steer the course rather than remaining the silent passenger."

"(The club is) pretty much just gonna try to have fun and become more of a self advocate and help out each other," said Stump, who is dyslexic, dysgraphic and dysphraxic.

Stump also welcomed Ronnie Sidney, a speaker and author of the book "Nelson Beats The Odds" from Tappahanock who focuses on his experiences with special education in school.

The club has already started meeting and they want to make a trip to the state capital in the future.