Don J. Modesto wrote:
We make different accomodations for big folk, small folk, old folk, young folk, and folk that climb on rock...why not challenged folk?
All depending on the situation and how much adaptation needs to be made, I guess.This is going to be more general and not directly related to Alan, now.
If someone with a handicap that would have a siginficant impact on their aikido - an arm missing, or whatever - asked me for an aikido dojo in the town where I live, I would point him or her to a dojo where xe gets to take beginner classes for experienced teachers rather than the teacher's fresh shodan students. An experienced teacher can make up ways to do technique with one arm. Asking this of a shodan who teaches the beginner classes since a year might sometimes be a little bit too much. In my nick of the woods, there are plenty of dojos around and there would be possibilites to point a handicapped student to other dojos where they are better in taking care of him/her - I have two specific teachers in mind.
Now, cerebral palsy without any extra handicaps on top is something else than a missing limb, and I admit I have no clue how much adaptation needs to be made for soneone with a mild cerebral palsy. I liked SeiserL:s "translation" of the "no", I don't know how to teach disabled students, but can't admit my limitations
. IMHO it is accaptable not to know how to teach disabled students. It is rather strange for a junior teacher to say straight away that no one else in the dojo could do it, though. If you insist after initially having been turned down, you show you are determined. It could well be worth it to try and talk to the main instructor directly.