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Turning a Disability into an Ability- Nick Santonastasso

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Nick Santonastasso was born with no limbs due to a rare birth defect called Hanhart syndrome. Despite being told he would have limited mobility, he skateboards, wrestles, plays the drums, and drives a car. Not only did he learn how to do everyday things with only one arm, he excels at them!

If this is where Nick’s story ended, it would be inspirational enough. Luckily for us, Nick wasn’t satisfied with just being a musician, wrestler and motivational speaker. He’s taken his disability to a new level- an ability. He calls himself a prankster, and boy does he do just that. He creates the kind of realism with his pranks that only someone with a physical disability could, and that’s why I think he’s awesome. It’s not about what you can’t do it’s all about what you can. Happy Halloween!

**This video is not for the faint of heart!**

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Halloween Superhero

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The first time I really understood what allergies were was when I got a large rash and swelling around my right eye; just like my dad, and his mother, I was allergic to chocolate. A few short years later my brother would receive the same diagnosis when he was rushed to hospital after accidentally ingesting some while at daycare. We were officially a chocolate free house. Children typically love chocolate and women typically love chocolate; I was a 0 for 2. Throughout my childhood I got a lot of sympathetic and surprised looks. At first I felt bad for myself but, to be honest, I didn’t really miss it that much as I’d never really gotten a chance to like it. The worst part about growing up with a chocolate allergy was that I often got left out at birthday parties and school events- the cake was always chocolate. However, these feelings all changed when I realized that I was a superhero: a Halloween superhero.

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