Training and classes offered to Mexico City’s wheelchair users

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Training and classes offered to Mexico City's wheelchair users

Getting around in a wheelchair can be difficult. And the challenge is intensified when sidewalks and ramps are in poor condition or non-existent.

But there’s an organization in Mexico City that’s teaching people in wheelchairs how to navigate life’s bumps.

CCTV America’s Franc Contreras reports.

Training and classes offered to Mexico City's wheelchair users

Training and classes offered to Mexico City's wheelchair users

Getting around in a wheelchair can be difficult. And the challenge is intensified when sidewalks and ramps are in poor condition or non-existent. But there’s an organization in Mexico City that’s teaching people in wheelchairs how to navigate life’s bumps. CCTV America’s Franc Contreras reports.

Altia is a Mexico City based non-profit organization that has taught thousands of people in wheelchairs how to get over life’s bumps. Much of their training is physical.

And perhaps more importantly and participants of all ages to learn how to overcome their own psychological challenges. Twenty-year-old Yesica Arjona knows exactly how difficult it can be to get around Mexico City’s streets where the sidewalks are not in ideal condition.

To achieve her dream of living aboard and attending a major university, Yesica knows that getting back up is essential. She says classes at Altia help her deal with basic challenges in Mexico City.

This month, Altia celebrates 25 years of helping people in wheelchairs make the best out of their lives. Donations from major companies and individuals help to pay for the wheelchairs, each costing nearly a thousand dollars.