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Teen Hates Being Confined To Wheelchair, So Mom Makes His Dreams Come True With Virtual Reality

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Tim Bartow is a screenwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. He has a case of cerebral palsy so rare that it affects only 100 Americans.

Cerebral palsy presents many physical challenges for Tim, but he does not let them get in the way of his dreams.

Tim has hopes for his future as big as anyone else: he wants to travel, be in a movie, make friends, and fall in love. With cerebral palsy, Tim felt those dreams were something he couldn’t reach. Then, his mom changed everything.

Tim says that people judge him based on his wheelchair, when really he is cognitively just as able as anyone else. In Tim’s own words, “People see me in the wheelchair, and they assume I have cognitive challenges or delays… They don’t recognize I have dreams and aspirations like everyone else.”

Hoping to help her son, Tim’s mom introduced him to the incredible technology of virtual reality, or VR. By putting on VR glasses and playing a video, users can experience something they might never do in real life, as if they were actually there.

VR is allowing Tim to experience things he may not be physically able to do, such as swimming with sea creatures.

Watch the video below to see the beautiful moment Tim first tried VR, and please SHARE this heartwarming video on Facebook!

For more information on Tim, please visit United Cerebral Palsy and Tim’s own website.

Footage provided by Blue Chalk Media

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