SEE Me – Bill


SEE Me is a special series spotlighting an individual supported by the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Bill is a man that likes to keep busy and has big aspirations to help others. He spends much of his time at S&H Products, specifically working in the Spirit and Hands Art Studio, creating art. Bill enjoys singing (and listening to Garth Brooks), spending time with his mother and sister, and never misses an opportunity to be a public speaker.

Bill Mann

A big step in Bill’s life was moving out on his own. He had lived with his family for over 45 years before making this huge change. Though he likes being out on his own, he still likes to visit his mom in her home as well as spend time visiting staff at the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Bill is known for his great sense of humor. When asked what plans Bill has for the future, he responded that he will be moving to Washington D.C. to become President. Though he jokes about this, he does want to learn how to cook better and plans to advocate for himself and others like him. Bill also dreams that he will be able to walk on his own one day.

While he uses a wheelchair for ambulation, Bill does not want to be defined by his wheelchair. Bill states, “A lot of people do not understand what people in wheelchairs go through day after day. It is hard being the one that has to ask for help.  This is something I wish people understood. Usually, when someone sees someone in a wheelchair they feel sorry for them because they can’t walk. I don’t want that. I want people to see me for who I am.”

See Bill for who he is; a talented artist and singer who brings joy with his humor, enjoys public speaking and stands up for the rights of others.