After graduating from UNC Asheville in 2008, Katie Bachmeyer was awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship to teach English in Macedonia. During that experience, she found herself surprised and saddened by the way people with disabilities in Macedonia often led closeted lives—kept away from society, unable to live out their potential.
Wanting to raise awareness about the conditions of isolation people with disabilities in Macedonia often face, Bachmeyer started organizing a toy drive for children with disabilities in the city where she was teaching. Next, she partnered with a world-cyclist amputee to start a 10-day long camp aimed at providing inclusive social and recreational opportunities for teenagers with physical disabilities.
“I owe a lot to UNC Asheville. I'm just glad to have an impact on people that matches what I was given at school.”