Former Patient Receives Award for Disability Advocacy

Former Patient Receives Award for Disability Advocacy

Melissa Richey accepts the award for Kaylyn Barbour.

The Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns recognized Kaylyn Barbour, a former patient at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital, with a Special Award for her advocacy efforts promoting safe driving among teenagers.

Kaylyn was paralyzed in an automobile accident in May of 2017. She was ejected from a vehicle due to not wearing a seatbelt. During her stay in the Hospital, Kaylyn began using her story to raise awareness on the dangers of riding without a seatbelt. Kaylyn participated in a press conference held by AAA Oklahoma, during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer Campaign. The campaign focused on the increase in teenage automobile deaths and accidents across the nation from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

“My friends and I were out driving when we lost control of the vehicle. I didn’t have my seatbelt on, when I was ejected out of the passenger window onto a fence. I fractured my cervical vertebrae and it paralyzed me from shoulders down” said Barbour. “I used to draw a lot. Now, I can’t use my hands as much as I could. I still can’t do a lot of things I used to be accustomed to doing before the accident.”

The awards recognize individuals, employers and the media for their contributions towards disability empowerment, increased awareness of disabilities within communities and improved access for individuals with disabilities.

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