June 08, 2017
Since October, Lattof has been visited every Thursday morning by students from Miner School, a therapeutic day school offering services for students age 5-22 with disabilities such as autism spectrum disorders, cognitive disabilities, behavioral disorders, and physical disabilities. Here at the Y, Miner’s adult students are given the opportunity to get out of the classroom and into a new environment where they can learn important life skills such as using a locker room and fitness machines, as well as interact with adults apart from their teachers and therapists. The goal is to prepare the students for life after Miner and empower them to continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle and remain active. Their teachers have expressed the challenges their students can face after they age out of the program, as there are not many services available to adults with disabilities over age 22. The skills that they learn from coming to Lattof are something they can hopefully take with them when they leave Miner School. This is especially important as adults with disabilities are three times more likely to develop chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes or cancer compared to adults without disabilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Physical activity, such as the activity that Miner School students get using the elliptical machines, treadmills, and stationary bikes here at the Y is exactly the kind of activity that can prevent diseases such as these. The Y is proud to be a space that these students can come to continue their journey towards health and independence, and we are looking forward to our continued friendship with Miner School!