Author: Mikayla Martin

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Making Spaces of Hope

by Mikayla Martin

  • Posted on July 9, 2021

I have so much to be personally grateful for this July, which is Disability Pride Month. In December, I wrote a blog for Kupenda describing how my experience working for Kupenda and being mentored by Kupenda’s founder, Cynthia Bauer empowered me to more fully embrace my identity as a person with a disability. With what…

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Stella Makes Strides Towards a Promising Future

by Mikayla Martin

  • Posted on June 29, 2021

Stella’s parents first noticed that she had cerebral palsy when she was a baby taking her first steps. Although they wanted to support her as much as possible, her mother’s income from farming and her father’s pay as a hotel housekeeper did not earn them enough to cover her medical and education expenses. Fortunately, Kupenda’s…

Mikayla Martin headshot- smiling with background of green forestry.

Meet Mikayla: An Intern’s Thoughts on Kupenda & International Day of Persons with Disabilities

by Mikayla Martin

  • Posted on December 3, 2020

I first met Kupenda’s founder, Cynthia Bauer, during one of my classes at Gordon College. It had taken until my sophomore year at college for a conversation about disability to be hosted and encouraged. After class, I approached Cindy and we later were able to meet and discuss our experiences with disability, and the stigma…

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