Black and white photo of young adult male in a wheelchair on a bridge

Andrew P, age 14

Photograph by Michelle Brewster (2024)

Throughout his 14 years, Andrew has warmed hearts, changed opinions, and inspired others with his amazing sense of humor, exceptional intelligence, and captivating smile. He is an empathetic soul who truly cares about others.
After a miraculous birth, Andrew’s journey to change the perception of cerebral palsy began. From the age of two, Andrew traveled from Rock Hill to Columbia five days a week to The Therapy Place to receive innovative therapies. He showed strength and tenacity every day. When he started school, he became one of the only nonverbal students with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair that was in general education classes. Last year, Andrew was awarded The Most Outstanding Student Award. When his name was called, the entire auditorium of Chapin Middle School cheered!
Classic television shows like Good Times, The Carol Burnett Show, and Bonanza are among Andrew’s favorites. He loves learning, history, gospel music and horses. He also enjoys going to church, the library, museums, and concerts with his family. He is so perceptive and observant that his family thinks he should become a detective!
His mom, Jamila, hopes people will see Andrew—not his wheelchair and not his device. “I want them to see a young man who despite his physical challenges is truly remarkable and capable of much more than one could ever imagine.”

Family Connection of South Carolina provides services and resources to families who have a child with a disability or specialized healthcare need. Since 1990 we have served more than 100,000 families and today our services are needed more than ever. We focus on parent-to-parent support, guidance with navigating the complex healthcare system, and assistance with school meetings and special education plans.