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Past, Present, Future: Lifting Up the Disabled Community Over Time


Viscardi Center High School Students walking in Hallway

The past is known, the present is uncertain, and the future is unknown;

our view of the present changes with what we learn of the past.


One day, a man named Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. was giving a speech. Viscardi had prosthetic legs, and was the founder of the Viscardi Center, an organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities. There was a young boy in the audience who wore prostheses on both arms and legs. His name was John Kemp, and his dad told him ten life-changing words: “Someday you can be like Dr. Viscardi if you want.”


What exactly does it mean to “be like Dr. Viscardi?Who was he?


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