Brave NJ high school student overcomes hidden disability

Elina Csapo (pronounced Say-Poh) is a 16-year-old high school student at the Hun School in Princeton. She embarked on a journey to adapt and overcome what is called a “hidden handicap”.

She has a condition known as infantile apraxia of speech. Essentially, this rare condition limits communication between the brain and the muscles responsible for speech.

Instead of accepting victimhood, she used herself and now helps others.

His organization Young Able Voices is a resource for children with hidden disabilities.

Elina joined me to discuss her journey of being singled out and treated differently due to her speech difficulties.

During the shutdowns, she searched for resources online for children with a similar illness. She found lots of resources for parents, but none for kids. So she threw hers.

YoungAbleVoices.com is a website created to include children with hidden disabilities and help them connect and be part of a growing community.

The world needs more young leaders like Elina.

She is an inspiration to everyone who is currently struggling so that you can be a huge contributor to your community and don’t have to be a victim of circumstance.

If you or your children have a condition and are looking for a way to feel empowered and included, check out the website and join one of Elina’s regular chats.

I’m sure there’s a lot more we’ll see from this young lady as the future unfolds…stay tuned!

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Bill Spadea, host of New Jersey talk show 101.5. All opinions expressed are those of Bill. Bill Spadea is on the air weekdays from 6-10 a.m., speaking from Jersey, taking your calls at 1-800-283-1015.

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