Michela is a 13 year-old girl who could set the world on fire with her smile. She has a wonderful sense of humor, loves to learn new things, and is always on the go. Just like any pre-teen, Michela finds a day at home quite boring. She would much rather be dancing, shopping, dining out, visiting museums, apple picking, and playing games with her brother Jerry. Michela has a huge heart and she cares about others. But moving and communicating are not things that come easily to Michela. It would take a team of PGCS professionals including educators, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists to work with Michela and her family to unlock her potential.
Today, with the instruction and expert guidance of the PGCS staff and use of assistive technology, orthotics, and hand splinting, Michela is now able to:
- Communicate using her switches and NOVA chat device and regularly Skype with friends and family using her iPad
- Move around using her power chair and walker
- Control her body so she can embrace learning at every turn
- Enjoy dance, music, gym and art (she loves using her switch scissors!)
- Eat everything, with the exception of peas, because she does not like them
- Demand what she wants in a good way
- Play games and experience the world around her
- Be a good friend
- Explore her endless curiosity and try anything.
“Michela has taught us to never give up, be patient, kind and loving, and to always reach for the stars,” shared Michela’s parents, Jerry and Sabina. Recently, Michela partnered with her brother in a dance recital. There was not a dry eye in the house and Michela was delighted to join her brother on this special performance. Moments like these are what possibilities are all about!
We hope Michela and the many students who will follow in her footsteps will embrace their endless possibilities, never lose their sense of wonder and when given a chance will always choose to dance. Thank you for joining with us in making moments like these possible for every student at PGCS. Your gift helps unlock the magic!
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