My Disability Doesn't Define Me

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“We all may have our challenges in life; so, if you need help, don’t be afraid to reach out and don’t feel like you’re all alone.”
—Louis Vendetti

Book Description

“I’m not handicapped; I’m handi-capable!” — Paul Moylan

When another child asked Louis Vendetti about his disability at the age of five, he responded, “My legs have Cerebral Palsy.” In this way, he never let his disability define him.

In this honest and insightful book, My Disability Doesn’t Define Me, Vendetti shares with us his personal journey as a young man with Cerebral Palsy. Through his years in elementary school, secondary school, and then college, Vendetti and his mom quickly learned that advocating for himself required more than just a meeting with the school and some paperwork. It required a strength, perseverance, and resilience that Vendetti had to discover from within.

With his characteristic optimism, Vendetti gives us a glimpse at what it’s like to be a handi-capable student, courageously making his way through the public school and higher education systems. He proves that living with the challenges of a physical disability while balancing the demands of receiving an education can be hard, but it is possible.

Vendetti’s lessons and life experiences apply to anyone who has ever had to overcome a challenge or a struggle to find triumph and joy in the end, and will inspire us all to live our fullest and most capable lives.

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Biographies

Short Biography

Louis grew up outside of Albany, New York. He has always wanted to be a writer and achieved his goal of becoming an author by the age of 20. He graduated with honors from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, where he studied business.

Louis leads a full and active life. He is an avid skier—a sport he picked up when he was just six years old—and won both gold and silver medals competing in the Adaptive Empire State Games in Lake Placid, New York, in 2006 and 2007.

Louis currently lives in New York State, where he can be found staying up late at night, working on growing his own business and focusing on his writing. Learn more about Louis Vendetti at www.louisvendetti.com.

Long Biography

Louis Vendetti grew up outside of Albany, New York. He was born with Cerebral Palsy, a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. When another child asked Louis Vendetti about his disability at the age of five, he responded, “My legs have Cerebral Palsy.” In this way, he never let his disability define him.

Vendetti has proven over and over again that he is handi-capable, not handicapped. His years in the public school and higher education systems taught him that living with the challenges of a physical disability while balancing the demands of receiving an education can be hard, but it is possible. He graduated in 2017 with honors from Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York, where he studied business. During his time there, he was a member of the academic honor society—Phi Theta Kappa, appeared on the President’s List four times, and was named in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges® in 2017.

He has always had a passion for writing and achieved his goal of becoming an author by the age of 20. At the beginning of his publishing journey, Vendetti was understandably nervous; but as he has done all his life, he did not let his fear stand in the way of achieving a goal. His remarkable memoir, My Disability Doesn’t Define Me, is a personal account of his journey as a young man with Cerebral Palsy and of the strength and resilience it takes to persevere in the face of challenges.

Vendetti’s memoir has already received accolades, including one from his alma mater, Hudson Valley Community College. On June 26, 2018, at the Committee Meeting of the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees, Vendetti was honored by President Emeritus Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D. President Matonak graciously wrote the foreword for My Disability Doesn’t Define Me.

Vendetti leads a full and active life. He is an avid skier—a sport he picked up when he was just six years old—and won both gold and silver medals competing in the Adaptive Empire State Games in Lake Placid, New York, in 2006 and 2007.

Louis Vendetti currently lives in New York State, where he can be found staying up late at night, working on growing his own business and focusing on his writing. Learn more about Louis Vendetti at www.louisvendetti.com.

Tagline

From handicapped to handicapable: Overcoming. Achieving. Building. Sharing.

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A Small Look into the Book

My Disability Doesn’t Define Me has pieces written by significant people in my life:

  • The President of Hudson Valley Community College, Andrew J. Matonak, Ed.D.
    • Foreword
  • My mother, Karen Vendetti
    • Introduction
  • My elementary school one-on-one aide, Karen Anthony
    • “Forging through the Elementary Years”
  • My aide through middle school and high school, Paul Moylan
    • “My Travels with Lou”
  • My math tutor and friend, Wayne Sharp
    • “The Vendetti Syndrome”
  • The Clerk of the Center for Academic Engagement at Hudson Valley Community College, Tanya Fredricks
    • “The Sun Brings a New Day”
  • Site Supervisor and Academic Coach for the Center for Academic Engagement at Hudson Valley Community College, Andrew F. Roberts
    • “Persistence”
  • Assistant Professor in Business Administration at Hudson Valley Community College, John Meehan
    • “College and Beyond”
  • Librarian at the Dwight Marvin Library at Hudson Valley, Dr. Valerie Lang Waldin, J.D., M.L.S., Associate Professor/Librarian
    • Afterword

There is also an area of the book in which I talk about a late classmate of mine: Sean Craig.  In that section, I have pieces by our Department Chairperson, Ricky Thibodeau; and my late classmate’s parents, Ron and Theresa Craig, that go along with what I have written.

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