The road to recovery

Today I got to see a place that I was expecting to be very sad to be around due to the challenges that children and their families were going through facing physical disabilities. Instead, I found the opposite to be true. Assistance Association for Disabled Children (AACD) is a place of hope.


A physical therapist at AACD looks over 9-year-old Victoria Suenage’s test results. Suenage had surgery for her paralysis in August and will begin learning to walk tomorrow. (Photo by Kaylee Everly)

The physical therapists are full of life and energy, which in turn helped to motivate and encourage the kids. With Christmas around the corner special holiday functions are being held for the kids.


Entertainment consisted of a talent show with kids singing and dancing. (Photo by Kaylee Everly)

I met several families during my time there and will be going back throughout the trip to meet more.


Bianca Lopes, 3, waits in the waiting room before her physical therapy session. Lopes has hydrocephalus, which affects her psychologically and physically. Her condition developed after her mom had high blood pressure for four days during pregnancy. (Photo by Kaylee Everly)

My experience thus far has been nothing but positive. The people here are friendly and helpful. A huge thanks goes out to Marcel and Marina, the two people who are making everything possible for me at AACD. I look forward to sharing more about my experience and hope that you enjoy following.

-Kaylee Everly

About Kaylee Everly
Kaylee Everly is a junior from Fremont, Neb., majoring in journalism. She has been part of four photojournalism projects through the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s traveled to Kyrgyzstan, India, Brazil and now Ethiopia. She placed fifth in the Hearst multimedia team reporting competition for her work on coal mining in Kyrgyzstan. She has interned with the Fremont Tribune and will intern at the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, this summer. In the fall, she will be part of the Omaha World-Herald’s fellowship program.

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