As our lead up to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Dec. 3, we continue to ask how we can pull disability issues into the mainstream. Here we speak with Shelby Nurse , a Florida college student and advocate for people with disabilities who spoke yesterday with her dad Thomas at the Bloorview Research Institute Symposium. Shelby is on her way to becoming a child life specialist to ensure that hospitalized kids "remain kids." In a strange twist, her aunt is a dear friend of one of our BLOOM readers in Switzerland. It was an honour to meet Shelby and hear her ideas.