But rather than focus on things that he struggles with, he focuses on the things that he's best at," said Stephen Morris, executive director of The Arc of Farmington Valley, which is commonly known as FAVARH.
"The irony is the things that he
struggles with have also improved as a result or consequence of him focusing on his
Kral has been training for the climb since January with fellow climber Morris
and expedition leader Walt Hampton, learning survival and rescue techniques and how to use certain mountaineering gear, climbing a stair stepper machine while carrying a 60-pound backpack at Valley Fitness in Unionville and running 20 to 25 miles a week.
Six years ago, Kral was living at his parents' house in Guilford after a few unsuccessful attempts at living in apartment programs run by SARAH Inc., the Guilford chapter of The Arc. After Morris left his post as executive director of SARAH to head FAVARH, FAVARH started its apartment program.
had a tough first year here," Morris
had trouble accepting who he
was and who his
After Kral moved to Avon, Morris asked Hampton, a lawyer for FAVARH who is an accomplished mountaineer, author and motivational speaker, for some help.
"I think one of the things people are impressed most by is his
"I've always been impressed with your attitude when you haven't done as well as you wanted," Morris
said to Kral during an interview Wednesday.
In a news release about Kral circulated by FAVARH
said, "When someone exceeds our expectations, we're surprised.