Sunday, December 22, 2013

Adult tricycle tops daughter with Down syndrome’s Christmas wish list

Down syndrome, a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development, is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder, according to the National Association for Down Syndrome.
Individuals affected have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46; however, they’re more like others than they are different, blessed with talents and gifts.
A mother hopes a “Mailbag Santa” will offer the gift of mobility, and perhaps schedule elves to deliver.
Would love to get around
“I have a 27-year-old Down syndrome daughter who has asked for a bike (adult tricycle, three-wheeler) for Christmas,” says Betty J., of Nashua (LTR 3,086). “This is something that I cannot afford at this time. I would like to know if anyone has one that they would be willing to donate to her.”
While some adults with Down syndrome may require a more structured environment, many others are capable of working and enjoying activities offered in the community. Accessing resources and services is sure to be easier, more comfortable and approached with more confidence for those physically challenged with the aid of an independent means of transportation.
If you have an adult tricycle in good condition that is no longer being used, here is an excellent opportunity to pass it along. Ho! Ho! Ho! To make this “a go” and set the wheels in motion, call Betty at 233-5648.

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