Real Life Experts on… Getting Around in the Community during the School Years

July 25, 2016 - 1 minute read

In the latest issue of Partnering Together, our Real Life Experts shared their perspectives across the LifeCourse on accessing a wide variety of supports to help them get around. Below, is an excerpt from the School Age column, written by one of our MOF2F Volunteers and peer mentors, Terri.

Prenatal & Infancy life stage iconHow am I getting back and forth from school and to school-related activities (field trips, extra curricular activities)?

Photo: Abby, wearing pink ear muffs with a pink blanket over her lap, rides in wheelchair-accessible van that was donated to her family. It took one comment from me, asking them to be careful when lifting her around the waist, and suddenly, she was required to be transported on the bus in a wheelchair. While I understood it is hard to always help her walk and keep her upright, I knew from the beginning that the school district putting her in that wheelchair would become her norm. This was soon proven to be true, as every time I went to the school, she was in her wheelchair, being pushed from class to class instead of being assisted with a hand or gait belt.

Photo: Terri, a MOF2F Real Life ExpertTerri,
Kansas City, MO
Terri is the mom of two children, an advocate for children with Rhett syndrome, and a MOF2F Volunteer.

 

Read the full column and check out what the other Real Life Experts had to say in our latest issue at http://mofamilytofamily.org/partnering-together-43/

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