WSU's CAPES program is an amazing experience for children with disabilities

Friday , April 13, 2018 - 6:00 AM

Thank you to Weber State University Dr. William and Dr. Zagrodnik for identifying a need in our community and creating a resolution. The CAPES program at Weber State University — the Children’s Adaptive Physical Education Society — is an amazing program for children with challenges.

My granddaughter has participated for one year and has really enjoyed and looked forward to this program every Tuesday night. She has in the past been in soccer, softball, Girl Scouts and choir, and she did not fit in well in any of those programs due to her disabilities. She loved CAPES because, as she said, "I get to go and do fun things and meet the same people every week who are like me, so we all don't fit in together"! Such powerful words for a 12-year-old.

I am hoping that the program in the future can be expanded to include teens, as she will age out of the program at graduation.I know funding is hard to come by but this program makes a difference. It would be awesome if all children with disabilities in our area had a chance to be in this program from preschool to high school graduation. The WSU student mentors makes such a difference in these kids’ lives.

My granddaughter and I had a conversation on the way to school about what she could do to replace this Tuesday activity now that it is over, and she said it has to be fun and it has to have people like me meet every week. Sadly, we could not identify any other programs in our area.

Dreams can come true, hopefully, for our children with disabilities.

Laura Traum


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