“We have to have a platform that we’re passionate about,” Dr. Freeman said about the competition requirements, “so I created my own platform: it’s called “Independent U– Promoting the independence of children with disabilities.” Dr. Freeman works with children with all types of disabilities and has noticed that when these children are out in the community, people often stare or whisper about the child with the disability. Her platform focuses on combating the incorrect stigmas associated with these children, and advocating for their rights to feel connected with the community.
“Just because a child is in a wheelchair, or [is plagued with some other disability. It is easy to] think they are limited by their condition, but they are not. They have the same dreams, hopes and aspirations as any other child would,” Dr. Freeman said.
Dr. Freeman also works with several local nonprofits, hospitals and service organizations to fund-raise and raise awareness about children with special needs.