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Available Now! Comic Book Featuring People with Disabilities Achieving Health Goals

Published: June 18, 2019

As a way to help motivate and inspire people, I created the comic book DDMC Man, in which the hero has Ataxia, much like me to show that not all heroes have to have superpowers, but that a strong will and desire can defeat any stumbling block.” —Michael Carter, DDMC Man Creator

Disability Don’t Mean Can’t #2: Busting Down Barriers is a comic about real people overcoming real obstacles. This story shows that no matter the barrier, we can become empowered to achieve our health goals. This comic book is easy to read in a fun format, and features four real youth with disabilities. They learn that through being a strong self-advocate or asking/looking for resources and support they can successfully achieve their goals.

“Being in this comic book makes me feel like a real super hero because I love being able to share it with others who have disabilities to help them think about what they can accomplish in a really fun and engaging way. ”  Heidi McKenzie, comic book character

This comic is great for educators teaching about health in the classroom, parents who need a social story to explain health goals, and youth who want to read about health in a format that’s easy to understand and exciting. You can order it today by credit card for $7 from the HDI bookstore.

HDI Health & Wellness Initiative’s Project CHEER in partnership with Disability Don’t Mean Can’t are excited to share their comic: Busting Down Barriers! DDMC is a fitness and motivational resource developed by Kentucky native, Michael Carter in Bowling Green. For more information on Project CHEER visit: https://www.wellness4ky.org