Bernie and Cooper
Meet Cooper and Bernie! Bernie is Cooper's dad and Cooper is currently 8 years old. Cooper has an intellectual disability, and indeed he has some intellectual and physical challenges, but like any other child he just wants to participate and belong.
"It's the inclusion piece. Children don't see themselves as being different, we do. Cooper said, "I want to do it". As a parent, I want and need options and a program like "Learn to Sledge Hockey" provides different options which is very gratifying and rewarding. When I saw neighbours who had kids, taking their kids to different activities, we asked, 'What's Cooper's activity going to be?'"
"Without sledge hockey we would be greatly challenged on what to offer him and he would feel the loss as he has made connections to the program and facility." - Bernie, Cooper's dad