Gov.-Elect Abbott to Help School Debut New Wheelchair Access

Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is helping an Austin high school debut new wheelchair accessibilities.

Abbott will be joined Monday by an Austin High School student who sought donations to pay for the new installations on campus. Archer Hadley is a senior with cerebral palsy whose goal was to raise $40,000 for automatic push-button doors.

Hadley wound up raising more than double that amount.

Abbott is the first elected governor in the U.S. to be in a wheelchair since 1982. He has been paralyzed from the waist down since 1984, when he was crushed by a falling tree while jogging in Houston.

Abbott made the story of his accident and recovery a cornerstone of his campaign during his run for governor.

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