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Man On Mission To Prove What Disability Truly Means

Mar 29, 2019, 10:40 PM | Updated: 11:05 pm

LAYTON, Utah – You can usually tell how well a motivational speaker is doing by how quickly the audience pays attention — especially for how long they pay attention.

Whenever Gabe Adams enters a room, he knows he has his crowd right away.

He starts his speech by going across the stage and then falling down.

Adams intentionally falling during his speech

“Sometimes in life, we fall down. But we have to decide to get back up,” he said.

It may sound like a gimmicky statement on paper, but in real life, Adams has no arms and legs.

When he falls after hopping, the crowd usually gasps.

“Who thinks I should get back up?” he asked the crowd.

When they respond “yes,” Adams is able to twist his body upright and the crowd cheers.

If only he received cheers everywhere he went.

“I’m very familiar with the look. It hurts sometimes, but it’s definitely something that’s going to happen to me everywhere I go, no matter what,” said Adams.

In airports, restaurants, stores, or wherever he goes, Adams can feel everyone staring.

“People are people, so you just got to let it go,” he said.

His biological parents left him at a hospital when he was born without his arms and legs.

It’s a rare genetic disorder called Hanhart Syndrome.

Gabe Adams

However, his adoptive parents gave him love and confidence to do anything.

“I think the strength comes from my mom,” he said with a smile, inside his Layton home.

It takes strength when you’re on the brink of giving up.

“I got bullied in 7th grade to where I had to switch schools and go to a completely different school,” said Adams.

That new school is where he discovered dancing and entered a talent show.

“I did that dance in front of the entire school and it got a standing ovation,” said Adams.

He’ll never forget that moment when people saw him for what he could do.

“I found out that I could do hard things,” he said.

Adams using his lips on his touchscreen phone

Cell phones are easy when you have lips to type on the screen and writing messages on a piece of paper only takes a pen between his chin and chest.

“That’s why I always have to laugh when people tell me my story is so inspiring because it’s just my daily life,” he said.

Now, Adams travels the country motivating others to try and change the perception of what being disabled is.

He shows off his dance moves, proving you don’t need legs to move around, or hands to touch a soul.

Adams dancing

“Exactly. It’s what everybody wants,” said Adams. “I think whether somebody has a disability or not, all they want is to be treated like everybody else.”

As Adams often says, if he can do something, anybody can.

 

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Man On Mission To Prove What Disability Truly Means