I was very lucky because I had parents who never introduced me to the non-mainstream world. And not that that was a bad thing, but it helped me for life. Because as my friend Kristen always said to me, "You know, the world isn't going to open the door for you. Your going to have to open the door for yourself." And that's exactly what has happened.
It's been 12 years and I’m very very proud of her. And I think you’re sad, I think its a new step, it’s a whole new step, and I think it’s hard because I’m giving up a part of Sarah that I don’t want to give up.
-Sarah's mom...On Sarah Going Away To College
I honor the fact that she has a disability and actually appreciate that about her as being a trait.. not that we deny and say, "Oh well, she's just like everyone else. Oh no, and the disability thing doesn't matter." It actually does matter and it makes her who she is and I really respect and admire her as a person with a disability and as a person, both. You know, I'm not like afraid to say the disability affects you, Sarah, 'cause it does.
-Sarah’s best friend, Courtney
Still Photos by Susan Hadary