Harry joined SPATS in 2020 and absolutely loves it. The fact that he is quadriplegic, in a wheelchair, and non verbal hasn’t been an issue. He’s totally accepted, indeed, the others don’t notice his disability – they relate to him, greet him, include him and talk to him just as they do to each other. He lights up when he sees his “Dancing Ladies”, especially Justyne.
He adores Justyne and if she can’t get a smile out of him then he’s having a very bad day. It’s lovely watching him dance in his own way, and now he’s started to pull away if I stand behind and move his arms for him. He especially loves the signing dances, and his reaction to ‘1000 Years’ is wonderful. Now that I’m his dance partner I’ve had to pay attention in class, but the students outshine me every time. Luckily I’m at the back so I can copy them! Saturday mornings have never been better.