wheelchairs, walkers, and inspiration!

Last week I took my staff on an overnight trip to Matagalpa, three hours north, to visit Familias Especiales and work alongside their staff and PT’s from Kids Abilities, Minnesota. It was a rich learning experience and inspiration for all of us. This was my fourth visit and I am always renewed by the experience. We left early in the morning and took four chairs we do not need, to trade for four larger chairs.

IMG_0683 IMG_0686 We learned so many creative ways to adjust a chair to provide the needed support. Here Jenny shows Carmendelia how to make a lumber support.


Hands on work with the children was so useful. We could easily relate to the children we know in La Concha .IMG_0694

Wilmer and Yerald  jumped right in learning about how to adjust wheelchairs with staff from Familias Especiales. They also learned how to use gestures to work alongside their talented staff who are deaf. IMG_0695 IMG_0698

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Juan translated and also helped adjust the chairs. He is a treasure. We learned from Sugey the physical therapist at Familias Especiales.

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We learned how to fit chest straps, how to make a chair smaller, build custom made trays.IMG_0721 IMG_0724

Thrilled to receive two walkers as we had none.IMG_0726 IMG_0727

In one afternoon we put together five chairs specifically for children in La Concha, learned so much in the process, and made new friends. Great team. Thanks so much to all.

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Day two we visited the inspiring projects where adults with disabilities, or mothers of children with disabilities work. First we had fun in the accessible park, saw the classrooms and PT room. Next over to visit the yogurt factory. The yogurt was so delicious, inspiring garden project, impressive crafts including bags, quilts, painting, piñatas, and the recycling project. Something for all abilities.

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Sad to leave. Quite a challenge packing everything in the back of the truck and space for three people!

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One last stop at the yogurt factory! So delicious! IMG_0805