“Woman adapts ninja warrior course for children with disabilities”

June 28th, 2019: By 

FENTON, MI- Lila Oberle, eight years old, has spastic quad cerebral palsy.

She uses a wheelchair for mobility and is nonverbal, but understands everything. Like most 8-year-olds, she just wants to have fun and do the things her friends do. However, that’s not always possible.

“It is nearly impossible to find truly adaptive experiences for our kids when their mobility is severely limited,” said Rachel Oberle, Lila’s mom. “If we go to a park, we’re lucky to find a single swing she can use, and they’re often broken. Places like trampoline parks don’t allow more than one person per trampoline and we aren’t able to let her jump alone.”

Many recreational opportunities for people with disabilities are listed as “accessible,” but often the accessibility feature is a ramp leading up to an activity they can’t really participate in, Oberle said….”

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