A new program with “Camp No Limits” at Quinnipiac University is allowing teens with limb loss to learn to drive.
Channel 3 spoke with some of the teens at the camp on Thursday morning who said they are experiencing what it is like to get behind the wheel for the first time, a feat many said they thought they would never get to do.
Like most 16 year olds, Hayden Piterski said he is anxious for his driver’s permit, something he said he must work a little harder for than most teens.
Hayden was born with limb loss.
“Seeing this now has definitely clarified that I can actually be able to do this,” he said, while preparing himself to drive using a driving simulator.
“There is so much technology out there now that even someone who has quadruple amputations can still drive,” said program volunteer, Nicole Moran.
Camp No Limits not only offers the driving course, but a college preparation course at Quinnipiac University.
“The camp hasn’t focused on academics previously and because we’re on a university campus we really felt that it was a great opportunity for them to learn about college life and about what it is to become a college student,” added Associate Dean of Health Services of Quinnipiac University, Shelley Candler.
Quinnipiac University senior Samantha Clift told Channel 3 that the preparation is a vital tool.
“When you’re faced with a limb loss, you face other challenges that typical kids might not experience. So, making sure kids feel comfortable going off to college and being independent is really important,” said Clift.
The program aims to help students like Hayden prove to themselves that their abilities are limitless.
“It is great to see other people like me. It’s a big confidence booster to be around kids like this where you can feel like no one really is staring or judging,” said Hayden.
Camp No Limits and Quinnipiac University told Channel 3 that the new program has been so successful, they are hoping to include it each year going forward.
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