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A thousand shoes for disability advocacy at South Carolina State House

Eight-year-old Michael Leiby of Greenville, counts each step as he walks through a sea of 1000 shoes set up by The Step-Up Campaign in honor of Disablility Advocacy Day at the State House on Wednesday. "He's really into numbers," says his mother Susan Leiby. "It's part of his disablility." Michael, who was born with autism and a condition called neurfibromatosis, visited the State House for Disability Advocacy Day and got to speak with Governor Haley directly about his thoughts. "He told her there should be plenty of money for families and schools to help people with disabilities," said Susan. The 1000 shoes on display were meant to represent the 903 people in South Carolina with disabilities living with caregivers aged 72 or older. The purpose of the display is to illustrate for legislators just how many people need help. The Step-up Campaign was sponsored by The Arc of South Carolina and The Autism Society.