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A Day of Darkness

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Imagine not being able to walk or being able to see.

More than 2 billion people in the world live with some sort of a disability.

But they say their biggest struggle is not getting over their ailment but getting accepted by society.


Red, yellow, black, and white.

We live in a world of more than 6 billion people, where not one person is perfect.


But for Vince Ulstad, there was a time he thought that his life was.


"I was very blessed," says Ulstad.


He enjoyed the outdoors, his sons football games, and hanging with family.


"I had a great life," says Ulstad.


But his life would be changed forever.


"It was June 2nd 2009," says Ulstad.


Ulstad was involved in a car accident that would leave him completely blind.


"The hardest part was being told I'd never see my family," says Ulstad.


His perfect world suddenly turned black.


For 4 years, Ulstad has lived in a world of darkness, joining 2 billion people in the world living with a disability.


"The person  hasn't changed, just because they are blind. They are still very normal," says Ulstad.


It's a darkness that Vince says society sometimes only makes darker.

So to find out what that means, I've decided to step into Vince's eyes for 24 hours to see what he sees.


Life for me quickly was not easy, from walking to my car to going into work.


I then decided to take a walk downtown.

12 hours had past and it was time to cook dinner.


Hannah Papenfuss knows this all to well.


"One assumption is people think wheel chair and they think it equals mentally handicap," says Papenfuss.


This 8th grader has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.


"Sometimes I just want to scream out to people I am normal," says Papenfuss.


This is a life Hannah only knows


"I've rarely had people call me to hang out," says Papenfuss.


But through these powerful words, she hopes one day she may be looked at like your typical teenager.


Aaron and Nicole Atherton enjoy every day activities.


"I work two jobs," says Nicole Atherton.


They take part in tae-kwon-do daily and Aaron just attended his high school prom.


"Sometimes people with disabilities, we want to be treated the way god treated us," says Atherton.


For Vince Ulstad, he's learning to live different in a normal world.


And says it's time people just accept it.


"I tell people just don't think it can't happen to them and treat people the way they would want to be. You never know what life throws at you."

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