Disability, Kids and Our Connection with Nature

LEARN FROM NATURE

After the Olympics, come the Paralympics … People with disabilities – especially children – fighting for their rights, is a hugely personal area for me – I used to be a ‘disability coordinator’. Before I explain why interest, first – this from William G. Stothers on ‘why special needs children need Nature’! 

When I was 8 years old, my family moved from a big city to a tiny town (pop. 600).  We lived in a rented house, complete with an outhouse. I loved it.

There were farms nearby, and I got up-close to a different world, helping to herd and milk cows, “assisting” in the fields, and “riding” farm horses.

There was a small creek down the hill from our house. My buddies and I fished from the bridge over the creek. I wandered along the mostly ankle-deep creek, looking for fish or turtles. About a half-mile from home, a little…

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