When Trouper the Blind Raccoon and his team visit facilities such as nursing homes or programs for people with developmental disabilities, magical things happen.
While meeting Trouper is a special experience for everyone, Trouper’s caretaker Dorothy “Dot” Lee says people with disabilities particularly respond to him. They form a mutual connection with him, somehow recognizing him as a kindred spirit. Ms. Lee describes how children with autism will attempt to speak with him, even the ones who are unable to talk. Kyle Miller, Trouper’s biographer, describes how, during a visit to a nursing home where a woman touched and talked to him, a nurse came up afterward to express her amazement because the woman was an Alzheimer’s patient who hadn’t spoken in years. These anecdotes are only two examples of what happens when Trouper visits with people who are disabled.
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