They came for a lively debate on disability rights and social inclusion, as well as stories from wheelchair users about their day-to-day experiences and the struggles they face. Later, community members got to try out wheelchairs themselves for the first time, as they were paired with experienced Spinal Cord Injury Clinic residents in games and races.
There were relay races, obstacle courses, and a basketball competition, and much laughter and cheering. The day concluded with a slideshow of the past year at SCI Clinic, full of individual and community accomplishments. For both education and celebration, the day was a success, says SCI program coordinator Betsy Sherwood. “Overall, it was an awesome day.”