Boy, born 2003
Navid is described as positive, cheerful, and neat! He appears to be cognitively normal, but with pretty significant CP.
From someone who met him:
Navid is such a happy boy, a little mischievous. He has pretty severe CP, and he spends most of his time in a wheel chair, but he is able to roll over and move around wiggling like a worm. He likes to make jokes. Because he is bound to his wheel chair he doesn’t get a lot of chances to play. Inside the building he can only sit at a table, so what he does most of the time is building with building blocks. At least, he tries to. His fine motor skills are not that good, but he really tries. In the summer of 2012 I trained him to ride his own wheel chair so that he could at least move around a little bit. It made him so happy when he could ride his wheel chair. We walked a lot of rounds together.
He seems to realize that outside the gate of the institution, there’s another world. Sometimes when we were walking/riding around he would steer to the fence and stare through, pointing at the people who were walking on the other side. The people would stare back at him and he would look at me as if he wanted to ask to take him out. I really considered, I could see the desire in his eyes.
But most of the times he is happy and his smile is so contagious. Whenever he is smiling I just want to hold him and cuddle him really close. He loves it when I go with my fingers through his hair, he would lay his head down to my shoulder and smile really sweet. He just loves to be touched. He loves it when you pick him up and dance around with him. He start to giggle louder and louder and his smile reaches from ear to ear.