Man with developmental disabilities travels internationally
KENNEWICK, Wash.—A local man with developmental disabilities recently added to his list of accomplishments after traveling internationally. Larry Seifert says he is proof people with disabilities can do the same things anyone else can do, and his repeated stories of getting a college degree, employment and now traveling.
"I had to really pay attention, be sure and stay with the tour group. I had to walk faster than normal," says Larry Seifert.
Larry toured with a group through Jerusalem, France and even Cairo, Egypt. He says he left safely the day riots and protests broke out, but he still questions what if?
"What would happen if I was kidnapped, held as hostage, what would happen?" says Seifert.
Plus he says he would have been without medication and physical therapy, which are two main essentials. And while those barriers did not cross his path, he says he jumped over many others.
"I was able to be independent with being on a tour group, without being separated by the crowded people there," says Seifert.
"I'm exemplifying myself to show the community that the developmental and normal people can get out and do things if they put their mind to it," says Seifert.
Larry returned to the Tri-Cities Wednesday night. He says he will continue to update KNDU with all the barriers he overcomes including a book about his life he is working on.