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Be Fearless & Chase Your Passion: Growing Up With Polio

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Rajee Aerie

Growing Up With Polio & Overcoming Adversity

I was born in India and contracted polio at a young age but fortunately I was adopted by a wonderful American family and received proper medical care once I arrived in the U.S. I grew up always doing whatever I set my mind to and that mentality stuck with me throughout adulthood. I never really felt like my disability limited me from doing anything and it was not until I was a teenager that I started to feel insecurities about my body because I never saw anyone in TV/Film or in magazines who looked like me and it made me wonder why.  As an adult I have made sure that media becomes more inclusive of the disability community so that future generations of children can see themselves represented in media and can feel valued and won't feel insecure. I realized in order to change the media perception I had to not only be behind the camera in productions but in front of the camera as a model and actress as a role model for others. I love what I do and I hope I can inspire others to chase their passion and dreams- whatever they may be. We are all capable, beautiful individuals with so much to give and do to make the world a better place!

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