Youth Zone

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Anyone who has been through it knows that growing up isn’t always easy. When you’re not a kid any more, but not yet a teenager, it can feel impossible to fit in. Especially if you are dealing with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus (SB/H) on top of it all. There are new and different schools, more work and changes all while taking on more responsibility in life.

If you are a teenager with SB/H, life seems to be all about the changes that are happening to you and the world around you. It often means even more difficult challenges in school and more to deal with regarding family, friends and just finding your way. You are trying to become more independent so you can make your own decisions and live your own life.

The information contained in this section of the website can help you understand how spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus can affect you and your life. We also provide information and access to support to make it easier to manage. As the saying goes, “Knowledge is Power”.

 

We are building this section of the site for you. If you have any ideas about what you might like us to include please contact Steve Kean.

 

PERSONAL STORY

A Teenager Defined

Active in sports, Steve has more than homework on his mind.
What's the definition of a teenager? It's Steve. He is in Grade 11 where he goes to class and plays sports - lots of sports. After school, you'll probably find this sports fanatic at Variety Village participating in - you guessed it - more sports.

"I've been interested in sports all of my life," he says. Steve has spina bifida, and it affects him from his knees down. But his disability is not a big problem. "I can walk pretty well," he says.

In elementary school, Steve couldn't play baseball, but he knew all of the rules of the game. So he became a coach. When he got to high school, he became interested in track and field. His favourite events are shot put and discus. He also plays wheelchair basketball at Variety Village.

Steve has won two gold medals in Ontario Games for the Disabled. He threw a one-kilogram discus a whopping 25.6 metres and a four ­kilogram shot put 6.4 metres. He's planning to continue competing
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Steve has been involved with SB&H for a number of years. He was part of the Teen Group, and the Adult Peer Support group. "We sit around and talk about everything that happened during the week," he laughs.

Steve is a dedicated athlete with a great throwing arm. So, some advice: if you see Steve coming, duck!