[nfb-talk] NFB Centers and Rock Climbing

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Thu Oct 15 01:34:27 UTC 2009


Your message seems needlessly confrontational, and assumes the 
worst.  Obviously if someone had health issues etc., they would be 
exempted from an activity that wouldn't be appropriate.  I believe 
Colorado regularly does rock climbing which makes sense because of 
the geography.  Don't know about the others -- I am sure they have 
other activities that challenge students.


At 09:56 AM 10/14/2009, you wrote:
>Hello all!
>Do all NFB centers insist that clients rock climb?  I'm referring to the
>three NFB centers in Minnesota, Colorado, and Louisiana as well as centers
>which are a part of a state's rehab program as is the case in Iowa and
>Nebraska?  Can a client be exempt from this exercise due to health, age or
>other complications? Have people been denied services from all of the above
>agencies if they refused to rock climb or they obtained a doctor's statement
>that they shouldn't engage in such activity?  What exempts people from this
>activity and if they are exempt, can they still receive services from our
>NFB agencies?
>A friend of mine returned from one of these centers.  He has a badly
>sprained leg or he has pulled ligaments in his leg!  Needless to say, he is
>out of the program or is immobile for an undetermined amount of time!  This
>person was otherwise happy with the program and I commend this person  for
>giving it a good try but I think there comes a time when a person my age who
>is twice 30 shouldn't attempt such a thing!  If I were in my 20s and 30s, I
>wouldn't question this but when one is in their late 40s and beyond, I'd
>question whether this is such a good idea!
>Any thoughts?
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