Riley Bailey – Indiana Nomination & Photography by Gina Wiseman Photography Issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Riley is known for her amazing smile and bubbly personality. But what most don’t know is that she lives with an invisible disease known as Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). She stays strong by dancing on her high school dance team. She serves as co-captain and coaches the minidogs. She studies American Sign Language (ASL) and serves as President of the high school ASL club. She hopes to serve others by becoming a licensed speech and language pathologist and continue her love of ASL by helping others learn to effectively communicate.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? That I also have Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS). I am also on the varsity cheerleading squad. I also work at McDonald’s part time. I want to dance on a college dance team.
What would you like to talk about? Bringing awareness about my invisible disease so that others can understand it better. Also to realize that not all disabilities are visible.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be? Spreading Deaf awareness and helping others to have basic ASL signs to effectively communicate with those that have a hearing impairment.
Look for Riley in issue 58 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!