Twenty-two-year-old Reziko Kurshubadze’s dream is to become an actor. When on stage at Batumi Public School #26, where he is enrolled as an 11th-grader, he feels happy and at peace.
His wheelchair is no limitation in this 419-pupil school, one of 12 in Georgia that integrate disabled students with the general student body.
Kurshubadze, who has cerebral palsy and a learning disability, expresses himself not only through theater. Each afternoon, he takes arts-and-crafts and speech classes after his regular lessons. The regional government, which pays for his breakfast and lunch at school, provides his transportation home.
Kurshubadze, though, is no stay-at-home. He likes to get out.
He has joined national tours of the school’s artwork before and hopes one day to perform on “very big stages” elsewhere in Georgia.