Great Prairie Area Education Agency’s Parent & Educator Connection presents a transition event featuring Silver Medalist in the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Matt Stutzman. Join us on November 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Fairfield High School Auditorium, 605 Broadway Ave., Fairfield, IA.
Great Prairie AEA provides families information and resources that will help ensure a positive high school experience and successful transition. Transition is a process that helps students develop plans to prepare for life after graduation from high school in the areas of living, learning and working. Transition planning, which begins at age 14, might include preparing for post-secondary education, vocational training, supported employment, continuing and adult education, independent living and community participation.
About Matt. Inexplicably born without arms in December of 1982, Matt’s birthparents were soon overwhelmed with the obvious challenges that lay ahead. He was put up for adoption, and in January of 1983, Matt was welcomed into the home of Leon and Jean Stutzman. A remarkably patient, compassionate and strong willed couple, the Stutzman’s guided Matt through a youth of seemingly insurmountable obstacles of everyday living largely taken for granted in an able-bodied world. Their philosophy was simple; Matt was permitted to try almost anything…if he could do it on his own. Twenty-nine years later, the result is an extraordinary young man, a family man, who can do virtually anything with his feet.