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Published on September 04, 2016

Constable: Paraplegic mentor goes mermaid to help kids

By Burt Constable

For Arlington Heights native Kelsey Ibach, the trickiest part of scuba diving might be getting dressed.

"Wet suits are hard enough to get on normally," says Ibach, 27, who is paralyzed below the waist and needs a team to get in and out of the skintight gear. As a mentor for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Caring for Kids program, which provides adaptive sport and recreation programs for children ages 7 through 17 with physical impairments, Ibach earned her scuba diver certification last month and helped kids with disabilities explore the underwater world off the island of Key Largo, Florida.

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