By LISA ROGERS SAVAGE, The Gadsden Times | GADSDEN, Ala. (AP)
The love Austin Robertson has for his younger brother is evident by the way he says his name.
The 15-year-old’s whole face lights up when he says, “Sage.”
Austin is developmentally delayed, has mild cerebral palsy and is in the low-incidence disabilities class at Rainbow Middle School.
Sage is 11 years old and wise beyond his years. He is in fourth grade at John Jones Elementary and has a fierce allegiance to his brother.
Some students are afraid of those with disabilities, but Sage isn’t. He embraces them.
“Some people are scared to associate with them,” Sage said. “They avoid them because they’re different.”
That prompted Seth to depict his brother and some of the students at his school in a drawing used for a T-shirt to raise money for specialized playground equipment at the middle school. Continue reading