How a wheelchair challenge mobilized a high school to become more accessible


When a student with cerebral palsy struggled to open his high school doors, he challenged his classmates to spend a day in a wheelchair — a fundraiser to add automatic doors. Not only did he make his school more accessible for everyone, this report by NewsHour’s Student Reporting Lab in Austin, Texas, was one of 15 chosen for the White House Student Film Festival.

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