By Patrice Eulin
Eighteen-year-old Archer Hadley is no ordinary Eagle Scout. Not only is he among the small percentage of Boy Scouts who achieve the Eagle Scout rank, but he is among the elite group of Eagle Scouts with disabilities. At his high school in Austin, Texas, Hadley is making a difference in the lives of fellow students with disabilities.
An Eagle Scout with the Capitol Area Council’s Troop 5, chartered by First United Methodist Church of Austin, Hadley is a senior at Stephen F. Austin High School. He uses a wheelchair because he has cerebral palsy, but that has not slowed him down.
According to Hadley, none of the doors at Stephen F. Austin High School or any other school in the district have automatic door openers. One day, he was stuck outside in the rain and had to wait for someone to let him into the school building because he could not open the door. He decided that he did not want another individual with disabilities to experience what he did. As a result, he came up with the Mr. Maroo Challenge.
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