Kyle Lightsey

He drives a Ford 150 with ease, but no one would ever know he is bound to a wheelchair.

NW student Kyle Lightsey was born with spina bifida. This congenital disorder involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings.

At 13 years old, Lightsey was also diagnosed with scoliosis.

Still, he said it is quite easy to drive his truck.

He explains the gears to drive the truck are like a little handle that extends up from the bottom pedals up to the left side of the steering wheel. The driver can push either down for the gas or forward for the brake.

“It doesn’t take away the foot pedals,” said Lightsey. “So anybody can drive it!”

One downside to the hand gears is that both hands have to be on something, he said.

“I am not able to change the radio station when I want to,” he said. “It can get quite annoying when there’s a song on I like or don’t like on the radio and I want to turn it up or change it.”

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