Mentally challenged adults have a place to go in Abilene

A program to give the mentally challenged the help they need

ABILENE, Texas - The Adaptive Recreation Services in Oscar Rose Park provides year-round programming to help integrate them into society.

Seth Carter, 26 is one of the recreation center's success stories. Carter is considered cognitively challenged. Adaptive Recreation Services Supervisor Barbara Liggett said the program has helped Seth, but his mission is always to help others.

Carter works at the United Supermarket bagging groceries in the afternoon.

"What we do is try to make customers feel like they're welcome," Carter said. "When they come into our store and our environment we make them feel welcome."

This is Carter's routine after he spends the morning at the recreation center. Monday he started the morning learning Math by playing dice.

"At one time, I was new and I didn't know this environment till I got to know Barbara," Carter said.  She helped me get to know a lot of these people."

If you ask Liggett who has helped who, she said, "Seth inspires me."

This is a trend throughout the rec center.

"It is fun to get to talk with my friends and get to know what they feel," Carter said.

There is one area in Carter's life that has to be monitored; his diabetes. Carter has learned to take care of this on his own.

Along with this improvement, Liggett said Carter has made major strides since being here.

"Seth has become more outgoing and more of a leader. I have seen the confidence that grows with him each day."

Next on Seth's list of goals, hopefully watching the Texas Rangers in the play offs.

The Adaptive Recreation Services has attitude and random acts of kindness awards and Seth has won in both categories.

For $32 per month the recreation center provides learning classes, sports, a hot meal and more.

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