"They give me such a joy working with special ed kids," says Gabe. "Not everybody treats them right ... How they should be treated ... as equals. And that's really what they are, they're equals."
As an artist or as a fellow student, people watch Gabe inspire others.
"In these days where kids don't understand there is so much opportunity ... and they need to jump on it," said Alan Seigel a fine arts teacher. "They see someone like Gabriel taking every opportunity and that brings something out in everyone."
Gabe says, just like any work of art, people should look beyond what they see at first glance.
"Never, ever underestimate someone who is mentally disabled or physically disabled. My strongest muscle is my mind," says Gabe. "When I put my mind to good use, I can accomplish anything."
For Gabe, nothing stands in the way to his goals. He is our "Cool Kid."
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