Saturday, April 11, 2009

Multiple disabilities don't stop student drummer

Lyndon White, 17, who suffers from physical disabilities so severe that he is unable to speak, has won a national award for handicapped youth for his work with the Sidney Lanier School percussion ensemble. White is shown in class on March 30.

Lyndon White, 17, has cerebral palsy, physical and mental disabilities, is nearly deaf and cannot speak, but the Florida teen is a talented drummer who has played at Disney World and recently won a CEC "Yes I Can" award for his accomplishments. "He's the centerpiece of what we do in our percussion ensemble," said Lyndon's music teacher, Don DeVito. "He communicates at a very high level musically." The Gainesville Sun (Fla.)

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