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Appreciation to Maui

October 22, 2017

Maui is one of the people who made my weekend at Totara Springs. He probably has cerebral palsy, on a powered chair. He controls it by himself, but his movement is not really well coordinated. Maui is probably in his teenage or a bit older.

 

He enjoyed his time on COGY. When he was on COGY, I saw him talking with his Body (the person who spends time together during the camp, supporting their special needs) and other boys' Body. They seems to be having quite a serious conversation. It actually seemed like Maui was giving them life advices.

 

Here is my realization. When we see people with brain related conditions, especially with deglutitive difficulties, we tend to consider them to have intellectual difficulties, too. I reflect my attitude towards Maui. Wasn't it disrespectful, like talking to a 3 years old boy?

 

 

 

Names in above writing are all made up, apart from COGY and Koko.

 

 

 

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