Never judge a person by his face. You just might miss a wonder.
Sam Drazin knows what it’s like to be judged or ignored for how he looks.
He has Treacher Collins Syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects how his facial bones and tissues developed. Because of it, he suffered from hearing loss and had to brave several facial reconstructive surgeries.
He also faced the challenge of looking differently—of being perceived as different—from the other kids around him growing up.
But it didn’t stop him. He made good friends and was even crowned prom king. Later, he became a teacher and founded Changing Perspectives, an organization that promotes disability awareness.
He’s visiting Mentor this month. He’s speaking Monday, Sept. 26, at our Main Branch and talking to students at Ridge Middle School the day after.
He’ll discuss disability awareness, kindness, and the power of a book—specifically, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Wonder tells the story of Auggie, a boy who—like Sam—has Treacher Collins Syndrome, as well as a cleft palate. (Copies of Wonder are available to borrow.)
Drazin uses the story, his personal experiences, and hands-on activities to promote the understanding of differences and disabilities.
His program at the library is free to attend and open to all ages, because you’re never too old or young to appreciate the wonders around you.
You can sign up for Drazin’s program on our website or by calling (440) 255-8811 ext. 216.