Drummer who is blind brings disability awareness to Glen Ellyn school

  • Tommy Carroll of Chicago plays the drums with seventh-graders in a jam session as Glen Crest Middle School held a disability awareness week in Glen Ellyn. Carroll is blind.

      Tommy Carroll of Chicago plays the drums with seventh-graders in a jam session as Glen Crest Middle School held a disability awareness week in Glen Ellyn. Carroll is blind. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Tommy Carroll, a Chicago-based musician who is blind, gives a drum clinic during Glen Crest Middle School's first Disability Awareness Week at the Glen Ellyn school.

      Tommy Carroll, a Chicago-based musician who is blind, gives a drum clinic during Glen Crest Middle School's first Disability Awareness Week at the Glen Ellyn school. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Seventh-grader Rohan Rajesh Nair plays along with drummer Tommy Carroll of Chicago during a drum clinic as part of Glen Crest Middle School's disability awareness week in Glen Ellyn.

      Seventh-grader Rohan Rajesh Nair plays along with drummer Tommy Carroll of Chicago during a drum clinic as part of Glen Crest Middle School's disability awareness week in Glen Ellyn. Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 3/22/2019 6:37 PM

Visits from a prosthetics designer, a drummer who is blind and a swimming paralympian helped bring messages of inclusion and empathy to Glen Crest Middle School's first disability awareness week.

A week of activities ended Friday with a closing assembly at the Glen Ellyn campus. Teachers and Glen Ellyn Elementary District 89 nurse Sandra Lawinger planned the events through Educating Outside the Lines, an organization founded by Patty O'Machel, a social worker and parent of a child with cerebral palsy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Throughout the week, PE students used sports wheelchairs in gym class.

Ahalya Lettenberger, a Glenbard West High School student, reflected on her paralympic swimming career and competitive streak. She was born with arthrogryposis, a musculoskeletal condition.

And Tommy Carroll, a Chicago-based drummer who is blind and played a show at the Steppenwolf Theatre last month, led students in jam sessions during music classes.

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