Kaleb (second from left) pictured here with friends, receives Sledge Can Skater of the Year Medal
Editor’s Note: Kaleb Spellman is a 16-year-old patient of the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation where he receives treatment for Cerebral Palsy.
Like most teenagers today, being connected means being online. For me, Facebook is a great way to see what’s going on with my friends and my family, and also for me to share what I am up to.
As a teenager with Cerebral Palsy, I have spent some time at the Stan Cassidy Centre. Initially it was a few days at a time while getting treatment. More recently however, I just visit for check-ups that can last the whole day. Regardless of how much time I spend there, it can mean that I am missing out on things happening at home.
During the school year, staying in contact is very important. A lot happens during day and it is great to see the pictures and hear from my friends first-hand. Being able to talk real-time helps when I can’t be there.
Having access to the Internet really makes it a lot easier to keep up with my school work. During the longer stays I was able to communicate with my teachers through email, if necessary. I was able to work on essays and do the research I needed to do to actually finish them. Of course I didn’t have a library to access, so being able to do online searches and find what I needed was a real time saver. I didn’t need extensions and it kept me from getting bored.
I will be headed back to the Centre in the next month for another check-up. I know that in between appointments, I can use the Wi-Fi to connect and watch YouTube tutorials on painting. This is something that I have recently discovered. I really enjoy painting and learning about the different styles and techniques.
Imagine what accessing the Internet can mean for other patients. I am sure that it makes a big difference for them. I think that it is great that the Stan Cassidy Foundation and Horizon Health partnered for Wi-Fi access for patients.
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Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation