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Family prepares for Peru trip to assist people with disabilities

June 6, 2010

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Carol and Dale Huffman have a special bicycle with a wheelchair attached to the front for their daughter Becky, who has cerebral palsy. The family is preparing for a trip to Lima, Peru, to help at a school that serves about 700 people with disabilities.

Carol and Dale Huffman have a special bicycle with a wheelchair attached to the front for their daughter Becky, who has cerebral palsy. The family is preparing for a trip to Lima, Peru, to help at a school that serves about 700 people with disabilities.

Bright Spot: Mission in Peru

A 25-year-old Lawrence woman is about to travel to Peru on a mission trip that will help those who are disabled. Enlarge video

Becky Huffman has a mission.

The 25-year-old Lawrence woman is preparing to embark on a trip to Lima, Peru, to help at a school that serves about 700 people with disabilities.

“When we talk about it, she gets very excited,” Becky’s mom, Carol Huffman, said. “Becky, are you going to Peru?”

From her wheelchair, Becky squeals with excitement but doesn’t answer. The 2005 Lawrence High School graduate, who has cerebral palsy, cannot speak. She uses a wheelchair and requires 24-hour care.

But she’s not letting that stop her from helping others. Becky and her parents will be participating in a mission trip through the Oakland United Methodist Church in Topeka. The family will be serving at the Centro Ann Sullivan del Peru, where Becky’s dad, Dale, will help repair some of the students’ wheelchairs. The Huffmans, who’ve devoted their lives to giving Becky her independence, hope to also use the trip as a learning experience.

“We want to share,” Carol Huffman said. “It’s a different culture. I’m excited about experiencing what they do, but we’re also going to share with them what we do, what Becky’s life is like here and some of the things we’ve done in the United States to get people with — I like to say different abilities — out into the community and involved.”

The Huffmans have been struggling with ways to keep Becky involved in the community since she left the Lawrence school system five years ago. She volunteers at Brandon Woods at Alvamar, visiting the elderly. She collects and recycles cans from Babcock Place and also earns money by shredding documents for a couple of local businesses.

“Back when she was born, even in 1984, they said, ‘Put her in an institution,’” Carol Huffman said. “They said, ‘She’ll never do anything.’”

She’s proved everyone wrong.

“You may go (on a mission trip) to give back, but you get more than you give,” Carol Huffman said. “It’s a true experience for both sides. It’s hard for me to grasp what she’s going to get from it.”

Comments

igby 4 years, 6 months ago

I was just thinking about Yourney "boy" Van Der Sloop, and how much trouble he was in down there. Lol.

Erin Graham 4 years, 6 months ago

How exciting!! Becky is SUCH a sweetheart and this sounds like a great experience for her and her family!

Deb Engstrom 4 years, 6 months ago

Best wishes to Becky and her awesome parents as they venture off on this mission trip.

Kelly Russell 4 years, 6 months ago

I've met Becky at several community events. She is a wonderful young lady.

smilealot 4 years, 6 months ago

I have a daughter with disabilities and would love to have a bike with a chair on it..where did you get it? tnas@sunflower.com if you have info. Thanks Amy F

smilealot 4 years, 6 months ago

I have a daughter with disabilities and would love to have a bike with a chair on it..where did you get it? tnas@sunflower.com if you have info. Thanks Amy F

dalehuffman 4 years, 6 months ago

The bike is called the Duet and is made in Sweden. It is imported into the US by a company called Frank Mobility.

smilealot 4 years, 6 months ago

I have a daughter with disabilities and would love to have a bike with a chair on it..where did you get it? tnas@sunflower.com if you have info. Thanks Amy F

begin60 4 years, 6 months ago

I like Becky's parents' healthy attitude--maybe a bit more aware than the typical officious lower Midwestern mindset about just how great they are to get up in others' business with their unflappable "just helping" attitude that can be incredibly disabling and presumptuous when used as a mindless, default way of insinuating oneself into the space and lives of those perceived to have physical limitations. Talk about discriminating and treating people differently from the moment you meet them! But then, we're rarely talking brainiacs in Kansas, are we?

Check out chapter below(pg190) on etiquette to use with people perceived to have disabilities. On pg 191 it states you should not assume someone needs help,nor should you provide"help" without asking. It should not even be a question when dealing with strangers. To ask shows you're making offensve assumptions. This overly personal , intrusive approach to strangers is rarely welcome. See page 80 when Olkin discusses issues of privacy and control. This book proves Lawrence people who ambush and terorize strangers in the name of being helpful are "kissing to kill." Nobody who refuses to respect normal social boundaries and decent privacy is my friend.

http://books.google.com/books?id=ZIKDpx6KGH0C&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=minority+model+of+disability+and+psychotherapy&source=bl&ots=RTFL0h3ot7&sig=Q6saxqP3UqwcGkEZU-GqLElAAos&hl=en&ei=eOPtS6m4F8Xflgekpry0CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=minority%20model%20of%20disability%20and%20psychotherapy&f=false

begin60 4 years, 6 months ago

I like Becky's parents' healthy attitude--maybe a bit more aware than the typical officious lower Midwestern mindset about just how great they are to get up in others' business with their unflappable "just helping" attitude that can be incredibly disabling and presumptuous when used as a mindless, default way of insinuating oneself into the space and lives of those perceived to have physical limitations. Talk about discriminating and treating people differently from the moment you meet them! But then, we're rarely talking brainiacs in Kansas, are we?

Check out chapter below(pg190) on etiquette to use with people perceived to have disabilities. On pg 191 it states you should not assume someone needs help,nor should you provide"help" without asking. It should not even be a question when dealing with strangers. To ask shows you're making offensve assumptions. This overly personal , intrusive approach to strangers is rarely welcome. See page 80 when Olkin discusses issues of privacy and control. This book proves Lawrence people who ambush and terorize strangers in the name of being helpful are "kissing to kill." Nobody who refuses to respect normal social boundaries and decent privacy is my friend.

http://books.google.com/books?id=ZIKDpx6KGH0C&pg=PA24&lpg=PA24&dq=minority+model+of+disability+and+psychotherapy&source=bl&ots=RTFL0h3ot7&sig=Q6saxqP3UqwcGkEZU-GqLElAAos&hl=en&ei=eOPtS6m4F8Xflgekpry0CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAsQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=minority%20model%20of%20disability%20and%20psychotherapy&f=false

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