Her story began when she was only 10 months old and diagnosed with cerebral palsy. From a very young age, Sydney required assistance with daily tasks that we take for granted, such as getting dressed, eating, and transporting. Her family underwent multiple changes in their lives to provide her with the right care and essential mobility and accessibility equipment, including an accessible van, a power wheelchair, a ramp, walker and bath seats.
While some may have believed her disability would prevent her from succeeding, she never doubted her capability. Her perseverance enables her to excel at school both academically and in extracurricular activities. She partakes in a diverse set of activities such as therapeutic horseback riding and music camp while also being a spokesperson for multiple organizations including Easter Seals Ontario. She also actively participates in her school board’s accessibility committee and various subcommittees to promote accessibility awareness and prompt educators to take into consideration the importance of accessibility.
The path to achieving her accomplishments was not easy. Earlier this year, Sydney’s achievements were recognized when she received the Sal Iacono Family Bursary Endowment Fund towards her study of Social Work at Algonquin College this fall. She aims to pursue a career in child and youth services to help guide children to their goals, similar to how Easter Seals has supported her.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Sal Iacono family and Easter Seals for the bursary I received. This bursary will help me as I continue my education at Algonquin College in the Social Work Program. I am very thankful for this opportunity and the generosity of the Iacono family,” said Sydney.