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Meet Via Riders: Amanda Q. and Scott L.

Special Olympics teammates | Oskar Blues co-workers | Good friends

Friends, co-workers, teammates, neighbors. Amanda is a very active, very busy young woman with many interests and hobbies. Scott’s intellectual challenges stem from an incident in which he suddenly stopped breathing for about 20 minutes when he was 5 months old. He too, is very physically active, with many interests.

They met when both were on the Longmont Special Olympics basketball team. Amanda still enjoys basketball, as well as volleyball, track & field, and, in the summer, softball, which her father and other athletes’ parents play alongside their children. Scott enjoys bowling, gymnastics, swimming in Special Olympics, and is proud of having won a gold medal in bocce ball this summer.

Most weekdays they both go to C.O.R.E./Labor Source*, and from there to activities all over Boulder County. Both work at Oskar Blues Brewery in Longmont a couple of days each week.

Both Scott’s mom and Amanda’s dad appreciate the paratransit services their children utilize every week and feel much more at ease being able to put the safety and well-being of their children into the hands of Via drivers rather than utilizing any other transportation options available to them.

*C.O.R.E./Labor Source was a Day Program and Supported Employment Service Provider with Imagine!, providing a diverse and dynamic range of classes, community outings, and activities for adults with developmental disabilities as well as supported employment opportunities.


Photographer: RACHEL GOMEZ
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