Student’s writing inspired by his adversity

Just one conversation with Justin Soriano and one can’t help but want to see him again and listen to what he has to say.

Soriano has attended Georgia Highlands for three years now and plans to graduate in the spring.

He is just like any other student, but Soriano has a disability most people have only heard of in stories.

Justin Soriano. Photo taken by Brooke Govin.

Born with cerebral palsy, his life has been much more difficult than most. Although Soriano has had some troubles with his disability, he has met an astonishing goal. He is in the process of completing his book, “The Boy With Six Legs,” which he wrote to inform children about disabled people with emphasis on his own condition.

The book starts with Soriano explaining what cerebral palsy is and how his main character is just like everyone else, but somewhat special. Then he tells how the book gets its name. Soriano explains how with the help of his walker, he has six legs.

Soriano plans to have the book published and advertised within the next few months.

The children’s book has 12 cartoon drawings designed by artist James Fairly to complement the simple writing to appeal to kids.

Soriano’s tutor, Lynn Maxwell comments, “Anyone can benefit from this book.”

With big plans for the future, Soriano can’t wait until his book is complete and ready for people to read. He also has arrangements to set up a website for the book, so students and other people in the community can purchase it online. Also, Soriano is applying for grants and scholarships to help him advertise and sell his masterpiece.

Soriano is not quite done yet in his college career, and in life. He is hoping to attend Point College or Kennesaw State University once he graduates from GHC.

Soriano is still deciding on a major, but is leaning towards something in business.

“I like business. Buying, selling and investing. I’d like to be the guy negotiating the business deals,” says Soriano about his future dreams.