Disability advocate inspires others to follow their dreams

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Travis Noah was born with cerebral palsy, but he doesn't let that stop him from following his dreams.

Travis Noah, a peer advocate at Hope Community Resources, helps others with live the lives they want to lead.

“I want to be an executive director for a nonprofit, eventually,” Travis said, “to give back to a lot of the people that have given me a lot."

Travis is a peer advocate at Hope Community Resources. He helps others with disabilities lead the lives they want to live.

“Someone who has a disability can achieve whatever they want,” he said, “as long as they have faith in themselves."

That's the essence of Disability Pride Day, a celebration on July 20 at Anchorage's Cuddy Family Park, part of the nationwide Disability Pride Week.

“The overall perception over the past decades has been 'somebody with a disability is only able to do so much,'” Travis says. “This event gives them a chance to be seen, and show that they can do more."

It's also about coming together as a community. That's part of what keeps him going.

“When you find the right people, it's very easy to live the kind of life you want,” he said.

Travis is excited for this year's Pride Day — the second year it's celebrated in Anchorage.

“There are people out there trying to celebrate the fact that everybody who has a disability is unique, and there's nothing to feel bad about,” Travis said.

He hopes that it will inspire others to follow their dreams — just like he's following his.

“I will always be doing disability services in some form,” Travis says. “Doesn't matter what it is. That's what I was put on this planet to do."

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