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Ice Skating on Wheels

Posted by Debbie Inkley on December 27, 2013

Tuesday, December 10 2013, 07:56 AM MST

New Technology Helping Disabled Children

(KUTV) A special fundraising event that began as an Eagle Scout project is helping raise money for children who suffer from cerebral palsy.

Dozens of volunteers donated skates and gear, while raising money for a good cause Saturday.

Volunteer and Eagle Scout candidate Eric Robertson wanted to give the children who suffer from this disease a chance to do what kids like to do, like ice-skate with friends.

The ice-skating rink at Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center was full of smiling faces and that was all Eric wanted to see.

"They may appear disabled from appearance, but inside they're just like the rest of us, so having an experience like this is really, really special," said Cottonwood Heights Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore. "You can tell by the looks of their faces it's really special."

Many of the volunteers are from Olympus High School. They were brought in by the non-profit organization Opportunity Foundation of America.

Chip Hopkins teaches at Olympus High and works with the Eagle Eyes Project, which is a benefactor in the fundraising event. They provided a new technology for disabled children.

"We put sensors on the faces of those communicative challenged kids and it's a mouse replacement, so they move their faces and it moves the cursor on the computer screen," Hopkins explains.

"A lot of these kids are able to get out of their comfort zones and are able to get into the world and really feel as though they can play a part - a vital part in society," he said.

Only 150 of the devices are currently in use, but many don't realize the technology is available. That's something the Eagle Eyes Project is trying to change. 

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