[Watch] Eastern Iowa Special Needs Student Shows Off Adaptive Tool
Class may no longer be in session, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't celebrate the amazing accomplishments the kids in our area made this year. One school in Cedar Falls made an impressive step forward to make school and school sports just a bit more inclusive.
It's great to see the schools in our area actively making progress to making education more inclusive. It's a tall order, but a local school made a small step toward this goal this school year.
We brought you another story about Beau Weichers and his journey not too long ago. The 13-year-old is a student at Holmes Junior High in Cedar Falls. Weicher has such a rare genetic condition that only about seven other people in the entire world have it, according to our previous story about the student-athlete.
In the video, posted on Amanda Weichers, Beau's mother's Tik Tok account, Weichers describes this device. When you first look at this piece of athletic equipment it looks like a purple bat. Nothing more, nothing less.
According to Weichers, this tiny bat is a huge deal.
It's an adaptive bat that Weichers' school purchased for him. It allows Beau to participate in gym activities like the one that is going on in the video. It appears to be something called a flat play bat. Usually, these are made of soft material and have a wider and flatter surface that'll allow for greater access.
You can check out the full video down below.
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