Coffee Talk Replay: How Inclusive Recreation Helps Ignacio Gallegos Find Purpose in Life — Episode 113

By Cort Jones | Posted on May 10, 2022

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In the spirit of registration opening yesterday for the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference, I wanted to replay one of our Coffee Talks from last year’s conference, when I had the opportunity to talk with Ignacio Gallegos and his grandmother, Leticia DeLaFuente.

Ignacio has been a participant in the programs through Fox Valley Special Recreation Association in Illinois for the last 11 years, which he says has helped him find purpose in life. Ignacio, who was born blind, shares how the programs at Fox Valley have made him feel included, helped him participate in activities with his peers, and learn something that we have all become widely familiar with over the past few years – how to use Zoom and build connections virtually.

I hope you enjoy this conversation – and be sure to stick around until the end when Ignacio performs his favorite karaoke song, which is one of his most loved programs to participate in. And, if you enjoy this Coffee Talk, I hope you’ll join us at the 2022 NRPA Annual Conference, taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, this September 20-22. Register here today!

Tune in below to learn:

  • What kinds of programs have improved Ignacio’s quality of life the most
  • What skills Ignacio has developed through the programs at Fox Valley Special Recreation
  • How Leticia feels witnessing her grandson thrive and immerse himself in these programs
  • The importance of connection and a sense of belonging
  • How the staff at Fox Valley Special Recreation have made their way into Leticia and Ignacio’s hearts, and much more!

Listen to the episode for the full story.


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