Sunday, August 5, 2012

How Disneyworld Can Help Independence!

My daughter, Becky, has cerebral palsy and uses an electric wheelchair to get around. Her ability to talk with her family and friends is an ongoing challenge for her but we discovered a wonderful way to help Becky communicate better!  Travel and adventure!!!
Becky is a very happy, friendly young lady but has huge challenges in independence.  She grew up relying on others to complete all her self-care such as dressing, grooming, and for many years, even feeding. With much work and therapy, Becky was able to learn to use utensils to feed herself, help put on tee shirts, and brush her own hair and teeth.  But all of those tasks take an enormous amount of effort and energy.  Thank goodness for her loving and attentive staff at Milagro de Vida and Angelcare of Las Cruces, NM.  

Last year, Becky went on her first independent adventure with Hammer Travel when she went to NYC.  The process of getting ready for the trip, fundraising, and telling everyone about the trip brought Becky out of her shell.  She eagerly talked to whoever would listen, telling them about her trip to the Today Show, meeting Jon Stewart at The Daily Show, going to the statue of liberty, and going to a Broadway show.  

We've seen a difference in Becky since her trip.  She is braver, more adventurous, and willing to try new things.  And she talks so much more!  She calls me every day to tell me what she did that day at dayhab.  

So, today I asked Becky a few questions about her upcoming trip to Disneyworld.  
Me:   Becky, what are you wanting to do most when you go to Disneyworld?  
Becky:   I want to see characters. I like Goofy, Mickey, and Donald Duck. My favorite is Tinkerbell. I love her.
Me:    What is your favorite Disney movie?
Becky:     Hmmmmmm I don't know.  
Me:     You used to love Aladdin.  
Becky:   Yeah, but not anymore.  I love Tinkerbell movies now.

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