Published:  01:03 AM, 10 November 2021

Diner Sheshe

Diner Sheshe

"I'm a physical therapist for severely disabled children in the South Bronx. Their observation skills are so keen. They understand more than you know. But they rarely get spoken to, or hugged.

Often they aren't even treated like humans. When the world can't understand what you want, it kind of ignores you. I had one student named Tamisha who was stuck in a wheelchair. She could only move her eyes. She couldn't speak, but I could basically read her mind. Tamisha was very intelligent, and very sarcastic. If someone in tight clothing got on the elevator, she'd roll her eyes. And giggle. I'd have to pretend I didn't know why she was laughing.

We grew so close over the years. On Halloween I dressed her up as a butterfly, because that's how I saw her. She was trapped in this body, but she was a soul with so much depth and so much future. Many of these kids have nowhere to go when they graduate from school. They lose their social lives, and sense of purpose.

They're imprisoned in their bedrooms for the rest of their lives. When Tamisha graduated I wanted to do something for her. Her economic situation was not good. She was being raised by a single father. But Tamisha was completely immobile, so it's not like I could just get her something cool on Amazon.

But my husband and I came up with another idea. We went to Home Depot and got paint, and butterflies, and rainbow decals. And we completely transformed her bedroom. We wouldn't let her look. We made her sleep in the living room. But at the end of the weekend, when Tamisha's father carried her in--- she started going wild.

Her eyes lit up. She's making all kinds of vocalizations. Her father is holding her, and he's crying. It was a miracle. Every makeover is a miracle. We've done about 20 of them now. We always manage to find the money. We always manage to find the volunteers. Somehow they always come together in a magnificent way. Our process always begins with an interview process.

Humans of New York, Fb

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