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Healing, Empathy, and Resilience for Orthopedically Impaired Children

Funded in Tribute to Gene Roddenberry’s Concept of Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations

By the Roddenberry Foundation and the Star Trek Community

Welcome to H.E.R.O.I.C.: Healing, Empathy, and Resilience for Orthopedically Impaired Children, the Coalition’s remote program for kids ages 8-12 with disabilities and their peers. 

H.E.R.O.I.C. serves two purposes:


  • Teaching kids with physical disabilities to break barriers and cultivate resilience, healthy identity, and other crucial mental health and life skills.


  • Teaching the peers of kids with disabilities to practice inclusion, end marginalization, and become allies. 

H.E.R.O.I.C. is presented online by Scott Palm, who is paralyzed with cerebral palsy and speaks with a communication device. Held via Zoom, this program takes approximately 30 minutes and can be presented to any number of students.

Here’s what people are saying.

From students: 


It was so inspiring to listen to and be taught by Scott Palm today. He taught me a lot about developmental disabilities. 


After listening to Scott, I was able to understand what people with disabilities go through, their feelings, and what they need and want from those around them. It was enlightening.


My perception on developmental disabilities has changed drastically. Hearing Scott speak gave me a better understanding of how intelligent and capable people with disabilities are.


The most significant part of class was when Scott came and talked about his disability. His story was that of inspiration and dedication.

From caregivers: 


It was good to hear, directly from Scott, what people with disabilities often look for in a caregiver.


The communication segment was key! It was truly helpful to see the video Scott prepared about how his life would play out with different caregivers. He really showed the importance of slowing down, regardless of staffing shortages.


Listening to Scott present was impactful for me. I wasn’t aware that the things he was discussing are so important. I have learned through this training that everyone is to be treated equally. Just because someone has a disability, it doesn’t mean they are to be treated differently than anyone else.


I enjoyed having speakers that came to class. I especially enjoyed the speaker on the third day, Scott Palm with Palm Tree Enterprises!

For more info, please email


Coming soon: Tools for those with chronic health conditions and pain — from Coalition Chief Psychologist and Neuroscientist Dr. Janina Scarlet, founder of Superhero Therapy!

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