Friday, August 28, 2015

2015 Special Olympics World Games Viewing Party

Rowdy bunch at Kickstand Burger Bar. 

When I realized we could watch the Opening Ceremony for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games on ESPN, I thought PARTY! Our state office for Special Olympics got on board and helped us promote the event at Kickstand Burger Bar.

40 of us attended - athletes, coaches, volunteers and families! We gave out prizes, cheered for the athletes and made new friends.

A highlight for me was seeing one of Ben's former classmates from many years ago and finding out she and Ben will be in the same class for middle school.

Ted and John. John is a two time Special Olympics World Games athlete.
He ran the 1/2 marathon in New Haven and Dublin.

Special Olympics launched a new program on the eve of the Opening Ceremony: Change the Game.
It is powerful, straight forward and comes at the right time. ESPN's coverage of the Special Olympic World Games is a first. Robin Roberts' interviews of athletes is unprecedented. The athletes are getting the deserved recognition, sharing their amazing stories and breaking down barriers around the world.

Many of our family and friends came out Saturday night for the viewing party. I might have flown away from sheer joy. Having their support and love makes it all a bit easier.


* This should have posted a month ago...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

When Therapy Moves

Ben sits in his favorite booth at the cafe. 
During the summer we have the luxury of doing something different for therapy. We meet at local fun places like the coffee shop, library or kids' museums. Meeting somewhere new offers Ben a place to try out different skills with alternative toys and equipment choices.

Ben tries to do some cooking in the cafe's kitchen


Ben gets the ring off his head, but his attention is on the rock wall.
The OT asked Ben if he wants to try it, but so far he is satisfied with watching.

Ben crawls on all fours.

Logan dons the body part vest and provides comic relief.



Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Word from Joey



I have lost all sense of time, but I think Joey has been working with Ben for almost three years. He came to us after a string of horrible (I mean really scary) staff experiences. Joey came highly recommended by two different friends. It turned out I had met him a few years ago at a retreat.

Joey is a man who wears many hats - traveler, writer, graduate student, youth pastor, caregiver, volunteer, delivery man and probably a few I have left out. Joey wrote this article for the Baptist Pacifist FellowshipCrossing Borders: My Experience with People with Different Abilities. He tells a bit about Ben and also gives parents of typically developing children some tips for how to approach children with special needs.





Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Welcome Back Athletes!

Allison Douglas - Equestrian






Four North Carolina Special Olympic athletes attended the 2015 World Games in LA. They competed against athletes from all around the world. Their medals acknowledge their victory in the games, but symbolize much more. 

A group of us went to the airport to welcome the athletes back from the games. They were ready for hugs, photos and media interviews. 










If you have free time to devote to a positive and uplifting activity, please read the articles below. The stories about the athletes and the programs are inspiring. Reader be aware, they are life-changing. 









Starr Kluttz - Aquatics
Katie Degnan - Tennis