Pine Tree celebrates Capabilities Week

on June 10, 2017

Capabilities Week celebrates all the differences that make us the people we are, and through hands-on lessons and visits from remarkable people, students learn about acceptance and respect. During this week of special activities, Pine Tree students gain knowledge of what it’s like to play basketball while in a wheelchair, how therapy horses work with people with disabilities, enjoy energetic music performed by drummers from Abilities First, and so much more.

Valuable lessons learned…each day at Pine Tree! Here are some highlights from the week:

  • Faz Ali -Rolling Wheelchair Two Time National Champion National Wheelchair Basketball Association showed of his skills to students. He plays for the Rolling Knicks and through his Adaptive Sports and Fitness business, Faz teaches disabled children and adults about the world of sports and their options for participation. He also teachers others in wheelchairs the basketball skills he has mastered from a wheelchair.
  • Kids on the Block puppet performance by Monroe-Woodbury High School students shares important messages of acceptance.
  • Kelso, the sensory dog, and his presenter, Linda Mitrione, addressed Autism awareness and the role the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Organization has in training dogs for a variety of purposes.
  • Gary and his occupational therapist shared interesting information during the Helen Hayes Think First Spinal Cord Prevention Assembly.
  • Chris Czerwonka spoke to PT classes throughout the entire Celebration of Capabilities Week. He shared how he overcame his disability, passed the New York state Bar Exam to become a lawyer, and went on to serve as a college professor.
Each year, Pine Tree students learn more about “how to live in someone else’s shoes.” This awareness, acceptance and mutual respect are the foundation of Pine Tree’s culture.

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