NAZARETH, Pa. - She may not be able to speak, but 15-year-old Mikayla Resh's voice is being heard.
From the classroom to the Nazareth, Northampton County community, her mom has made it her mission to have Mikayala included.
For all of their differences, they have much in common.
Mikayla can't speak, but kids understand her anyway.
I met Mikayla in 3rd grade, said Logan Houptley. She was actually one of my first friends.
Mikayala was born with profound brain damage, which led to cerebral palsy, seizure disorder, blindness, hearing impairment and other medical conditions.
As you watch people that don't know about it, said Lauren Resh, it's just, they kinda stare a lot. So knowing and growing up with Mikayla has taught me so much.
Mikayla's mom didn't want her oldest daughter to be treated any differently. So, she's worked to have her included in the classroom...
We have chosen to include her in regular education classes since she was in kindergarten, said Kimberly Resh. It's about so much more than Mikayla. It's about showing our story and getting kids to show their stories so that other schools and communities will embrace their children as ours has Mikayla.
She's started a non-profit organization called Mikayla's Voice.
It's an acronym for the voice of inclusion for children everywhere, said Kimberly.
Going off the Silly Bandz craze, the family and Mikayla's friends started selling "incluzion bandz" to raise money for educational programs.
I always put myself in Mikayla's shoes and be like I wouldn't want to go to school and nobody talk to me, nobody include me, go to different classes and be set aside from everybody during the day, said Hannah Oren.
Now the hope is that others hear Mikayla's voice.
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