The mission of St. Coletta of Greater Washington is to serve children and adults with intellectual disabilities and to support their families. At St. Coletta we believe in the immeasurable value of the individual human spirit and the right of each individual to live as full and independent a life as possible. We respect the dignity of all persons entrusted to our care and our goal is to serve them in an atmosphere that encourages their talents, celebrates their successes and builds their self-esteem.
Getting around the Metro system is no easy task. There are the fares, the maps and the trains. Now imagine trying to navigate all that as young person with a disability. It's a lot to figure out. But one Metro employee is lending a helping hand to make it easier.
Never does Stephanie feel more free than when she is zooming around the ice rink at top speed. Her feet glide confidently beneath her, and the wind makes her cheeks rosy. She has a big grin. For the few seconds that she is racing, she has the determination of a speed skater trying to reach the finish line.
Loren is quite athletic. Despite her small frame, she is a power lifter and trains for track and field competitions with Special Olympics. But I think her favorite part of the week comes on Monday and Thursday afternoons when she goes swimming with the other participants at our adult program in Rockville.