The Alan T Brown Foundation salutes the people we have helped in the past 26 years that have contacted us for assistance to achieve their goals. We have provided the information, answers, courage and incentives to reach a goal. Every goal to a paralyzed individual is monumental in his or her life.
We acknowledge the goals set and achieved by the many people we know that are the recipients of our outreach and peer mentoring services. Whatever the age, people have goals. A young child has a goal to make the soccer team; a teenager at his or her high school basketball team; a student wants to be admitted to the college of choice; a child or adult wants to learn to ride a bike; fix one’s own hair; take a bath by him or herself; skate; travel to and from a destination and arrive safely; drive; read; and use a computer. Some goals are blatantly visible and known and some are not.
When a person becomes paralyzed it takes a long period of time to adjust to their life and to the realities of a new world. The time frame can take months and sometimes years. The adjustment is a process and the course can be difficult. Everything has to be approached with patience and the reality of what can be. Personal motivation and determination is the driving force. Limited physical motion and the feelings of what has happened play a huge part in accomplishments and attaining goals.
Over the years we have cheered on and acknowledged goals reached by paraplegics and quadriplegics. And so, as tiny as a feat may seem, such as even a minuscule small movement of a finger that enables someone to push a button, it is acknowledged with joy before and after rehabilitation. For quadriplegics and paraplegics to just finally:
- Brush one’s teeth
- Feed oneself
- Manually push a wheelchair
- Push a button or flick a switch
- Complete one’s education
- Achieve physical success in adaptive sports such as wheelchair hockey, basketball, rugby, etc.
- Participate in a fitness challenge
- Become involved in organizations that service the spinally injured and “give back” to the spinal cord community
- Become a lawyer and provide pro bono services to the disabled
- Pursue a career in business or enter the financial market
- Decide to have a family and become a parent
- Start or continue an artistic career: paint with a mouth stick or create graphic designs using a computer
- Write a book using a voice activated computer
- Pursue goals for private pleasure such as going to sporting events, concerts and travelling
The Alan T Brown Foundation will continue to be a driving force to the newly and long term injured with the help of your generous support.