"lost" scout, wheelchair swimmers, etc.
Bob McGwier (n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG)
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 11:09:43 EDT
Thanks for all the replies. My particular wheelchair scout has cerebral
palsy, and while he has very strong shoulders, the spinning of wheels is
much easier than coordinating swimming strokes. It is my personal belief
that he cannot learn to swim, but I would never limit him. I would also
not place a two year road block in the road of his advancement while he
learns to swim if that is what it would take. We allow he and his
mother to tell us what he is and is not capable of. He has never failed to
attempt to do difficult stuff. He could barely manage to tie knots because
of the lack of eye-motor coordinative abilities but he struggled for a year
before he got it all because he refused to give up. If he tells me he
cannot swim, he can't. Thank you for all your suggestions, encouragement.
This kid is an inspiration with his goal oriented living. I wish every
troop would recruit an individual such as this one. It is a very positive
experience for everyone.
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