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Girl Produces Video For Classmates To Know Her Better
August 19, 2005

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS--Twelve-year-old Livia Hopkins wanted her fellow 4th graders to know why she doesn't go to gym class and sometimes misses school entirely.

"I wanted them to understand why I was sometimes missing class or something," she explained. "I don't go to gym, I use that time to rest or do work I need to catch up on cuz I miss some school because I have to go to the hospital for medicines and everything."

So she produced a video entitled "Livia's Way" to tell them about her disability, systemic juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

"I am just like any other kid and it just doesn't matter cuz people learn to deal with it and it it's just something. It's a hurdle to have to jump over," said Livia.

Last week, ABC7Chicago reporter Karen Meyer, who is deaf, featured Livia and clips from her video.

"Girl uses video as education tool" (ABC7Chicago)


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