Thursday, March 22, 2012

Special Needs Cheer Squad Sparkles

At the age of 17, despite a developmental disability, Blair Mercer is shining in her penultimate year in high school.
She is getting a sense of independence, going to dances by herself and attending high school sporting events.
Her newfound independence has come because Blair is part of an innovative adaptive cheerleading squad in the Farmington school district.
Where before Blair was chaperoned by her parents for activities or events, the cheerleading squad has allowed her to be more like other students at Farmington High School.
It has also allowed her parents to do something they thought they would never have a chance to do: simply observe their daughter participating in a sport or activity at school.

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