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December 12, 2010

Yes, way.

Filed under: News — Linda @ 3:39 pm

Linda Goodspeed canoeing with Vermont Adaptive; Taken by Masha Goodspeed

 For someone who walks with a cane, or sits in a wheelchair, whooshing down a ski slope, paddling a quiet, meandering river or spinning along a wooded biking trail is exhilarating beyond description. Able-bodied people take these thrills and opportunities for granted. If you want to know how much emotional, psychological and social benefit there is in sports and recreation, tag along with Vermont Adaptive for a day. I doubt you’ll see as many smiles and happy, tired faces in one place. And I bet you’ll be hard pressed to tell who enjoys the experience more — the wounded vet in the wheelchair, the autistic youngster, or the volunteers who ski and paddle and bike and hike and skate and bowl and rock climb and en-able any other sport you can think of. Ever since I lost my eyesight, people like to tell me all the things I am not able to do. “You’re blind. You’re not able to ride a bike.” “You’re not able to ski. You’re blind.” “Paddle a kayak? No way you’re able to do that.”

Yes, way. …

Disability is an isolating condition. It’s also equal opportunity. Young, old, rich, poor, male, female, religious, social, ethnic background. It makes no difference. Disability can, and does, touch all kinds of people and families. It does not discriminate. But it does isolate.