“My son Christian is legally blind and has cerebral palsy. He was in physical therapy and/or occupational therapy from the time he came home from the hospital until he was 18 years old. We have moved all over the country and experienced many different philosophies and approaches regarding therapy. When we moved to St. Louis, we found DASA and it has been life-changing for Christian.
After a short time with DASA, he was able to stop therapy in a clinical setting as he was getting similar muscle movements and workouts through all the different DASA programs he was involved in. His passion has become wheelchair racing and road racing. His functional fitness workouts have built strength, speed, and endurance. The competitive nature of racing and all of the DASA sports has given him new purpose and drive.
When we lived in Huntsville, AL, Christian was on an IEP in school and had a teacher indicate that he should be placed in the “back of the school” (most disabled and challenged student). We believed that this teacher underestimated Christian’s abilities and we continued to work with him. We are excited to see him thriving now as a freshman at Missouri State University. We truly believe he will become a contributor to
society and an independently living adult. While this speaks to his character and drive, it also is a testament to DASA and the programs that we discovered 6 years ago.
In 2016, Christain went to the Paralympic Trials for Track & Field and competed in two races alongside some of the best racers in the country – a few who represented Team USA at the Paralympic Games in Rio. He continues his Paralympic training today.”