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Jessica and Alamo's Story - Posted November 19, 2015
David (not his real name) was mute. He could talk but because of a challenging learning disability he chose not to say a word and went through each day in complete silence. His teachers and parents had worked with him for months with little progress, until he met Jessica and Alamo. As a pet partner team with Intermountain Therapy Animals, Jessica Grennan and her dog Alamo volunteer for two hours a week in David's special education classroom with 3rd and 4th graders. Click here to read more.
Luke's Story - Posted November 5, 2015
Luke was a stubborn, strong-willed and energetic nine year old, with Downs Syndrome. Although his parents Steven and Christie had high expectations they were also very aware of his challenges. When the family decided to take a ski vacation to Park City, they weren’t sure that Luke could or would join them. On Luke’s first visit to Utah, he started small. Coming from Texas the harsh Utah cold was almost too much for Luke. Forget about getting on the slopes: he spent most of his first day inside. The next day marked the first step in winter proficiency: learning to put gloves on, and keeping them on - a small but significant victory. Click here to view Luke's story
Beninese Wheelchair Basketball Team Story - Posted October 29, 2015
Life in a wheelchair is overwhelming, no matter where you live. Add to that the challenge of living in a small African country far from the state-of-the-art technology available to disabled individuals in the U.S. In July 2015, the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy (UCCD) hosted a group of disabled international visitors from a handful of small African countries including Benin, Burkino Faso and Lesotho. This exchange was administered by the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. During a visit with the Utah Center for Assistive Technology (UCAT) their visit became life-changing. Click here to read more.
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