Adaptive Community Approach Program
On Sunday, Colleen’s daughter, Kendall, met an amazing miracle of a young man from Delafield. There are so many great (and almost unbelievable) things about him that his story must be told.
Garrett Becker has been defying odds all his life. Despite cerebral palsy, epilepsy and blindness, he has achieved a status that few men and boys ever achieve: that of Eagle Scout. Garrett was born four months premature at 1-1/2 pounds and was given a 15 percent chance to survive six months.
Through perseverance, Garrett graduated from Kettle Moraine High School. He’s an extremely avid sports fan, regularly seen at KM Laser volleyball, football, basketball and baseball contests.
He’s often seated next to the Lasers’ bench in his very own #1 volleyball jersey that was given to him by the volleyball team because he is their number one fan.
Garret is now a 24 year old with an infectious smile; and he has lots to smile about. Through Garrett and his family, we learned about an award-winning program for adults with disabilities that has an adaptive community approach benefiting its members and their community.
ACAP is a membership of people with disabilities who have a passion to demonstrate their abilities in the community around them. People come together to work, learn, adapt and serve the community. They endeavor to build up the larger community and in so doing, discover their valued place within it. ACAP’s mission is to encourage people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential and to acquire life-long skills that will enable them to become contributing and valued members within their communities.
The foundational premise is that every person has gifts and talents to share and that a strong community develops out of everyone sharing those gifts. Individuals served by ACAP have unique talents and abilities to share with society; therefore, efforts are made to discover, cultivate, and use those abilities within the context of community-based environments. Members of ACAP have made use of generic community resources, such as health & fitness centers, museums, leisure outlets, and cultural events to express their belonging to the community.
In addition, such places as nature centers, historical museums, food pantries, shelters for people who are homeless, graffiti abatement programs, and other nonprofit organizations have received countless hours of volunteerism from members of ACAP. By giving back to the community in tangible and meaningful ways, members of ACAP have demonstrated to themselves and to the community as a whole, that they have a valued place in society and in our local communities.
Members have won awards for their involvement in ACAP’s graffiti removal program and for advocacy work in the Waukesha County area. In 2006, ACAP members won the Volunteer Center of Waukesha County’s “Adult Volunteer Group of the Year” Award for the many hours of service to the Hebron House of Hospitality, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha County Historical Society, Waukesha County Food Pantry, Oakhill Village retirement community, Regency Senior Living Center, Waukesha Humane Society, and Waukesha County Meals on Wheels program.
Check out ACAP’s website here.
We are donating $100 this week to ACAP in honor of Garrett Becker! We hope you will consider donating to these amazing folks!