A touching story in the KINGSTON [MA] REPORTER tells the story of Peter Champagney, a 9-year-old with an Autism Spectrum Disorder whose life has been enriched by participation in the Waterville Valley Adaptive Sports program.
Read some excerpts below.
“He goes to school, camps, skis, studies karate, takes summer ecology courses and has pool parties at his house. And these common activities aren’t without their challenges for Peter Champagney as a child with autism.
“Peter, 9, a third-grader at Kingston Intermediate School, was diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder called pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, or PDDNOS, when he was about 4 years old. His parents, Jean and Matt Champagney, knew when he was about 2 years old that he had special challenges.
“When Peter discovered skiing as part of the adaptive skiing program at Waterville Valley in [New Hampshire] at age 6, and as a result started participating in the Special Olympics, his life changed. Skiing is such a need in his life, Jean says, that they spend every weekend in the winter in [New Hampshire] skiing.
“Finding a community of people who have similar experiences is really wonderful for us,” she said.
“Peter said it’s a great feeling to move his body and feel himself going fast, with the wind in his face.”