At Pitu Blazquez’s acrobatics school in Argentina, students are hanging from trapezes, walking on balance beams and cooling down with a stretch. But the school is a little different from what you might expect: it offers free classes for people with disabilities.
“These people are doing something incredible, which is extremely difficult, being five meters high and giving their soul and their art,” Blazquez told AJ+.
People who live with disabilities are a marginalized community in Argentina; most do not have medical insurance and only one in 10 are employed.
“Nothing is built with disabled people in mind. They don’t think [about it],” one of Blasquez’s students said.
Through offering people with disabilities classes free of charge, Blazquez hopes to give them a chance to engage in an activity they otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to. Instead of specifically setting aside sessions for people with disabilities, he integrates them with other students in class to help everyone understand the challenges these people face.
“It teaches my other students to work with people who can’t walk, people who can’t see, but can do a lot of things,” said Blasquez.
“What I see inside them is a fight, is a courage that is an example for everyone. It’s very rewarding.”