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If you saw the amazing video about our accessible home remodel project, you may have noticed the line that stated that wheels have changed Aidan’s life. I’ll shout that from the mountain top any chance I get. While it was emotionally difficult to get Aidan a power wheelchair (it looked like a big CAN’T) it’s given him freedom and independence.
Here’s what else his power wheelchair has done; it’s showing me just how smart he is. Check out this video (subscribers please click through to blog to watch):
Yes, Aidan is clearly having fun. But look closer. He made up his own rules to a Keep Away game and kept them consistent. Garreth originally put the bucket in front of Aidan thinking it would be fun to drive into it to make that funny scraping sound. Aidan thought differently. He decided to keep away from the bucket. He’s also mapping the territory around him so he can look at the bucket and drive in a different direction at the same time. I realize he’s in a big open space but we’ve actually seen this skill from Aidan before. His rear view mirrors are in his brain; his neurologically impaired but somehow still super smart brain. This game was so purposeful for Aidan. It speaks to the importance of having high expectations.
His wheelchair is more than a mode of transportation. It’s a communication device and a tool of independence. I’m excited to see what else Aidan has to show us.