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  • North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA)
    This is the premier site for information on therapeutic riding. NARHA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the rehabilitation of individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities through equine-facilitated activities. We do this through our worldwide network of member therapeutic riding centers. For individuals with disabilities, therapeutic riding has been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being. And itís fun!
    (Added: Fri Jun 15 2001)
  • Outdoor Education for Behavior Disordered Students
    Outdoor education offers special benefits to behavior disordered students. Programs range from simple, near-school activities to lengthy, more expensive wilderness camping experiences. In either case, positive behavioral changes among behavior disordered students have been reported. A review of possible programs/activities and possible benefits is a step in the direction of offering new opportunities to these students.
    (Added: Sun Aug 26 2001)
  • Skating Association for the Blind and the Handicapped
    n 1976, while working as a professional skating instructor in Buffalo, Elizabeth M. O'Donnell had the unique idea to teach people who were blind how to ice skate. Initial success led to the formation of the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped, Inc. (SABAH, Inc.) as a Buffalo-based not-for-profit educational corporation in 1977. Soon after its initial efforts, SABAH expanded to include children, youth, and adults with all types of disabilities. For more than 22 years, SABAH has taught 9,000 Western New Yorkers who have physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges to ice skate. This past year, locally-raised funds provided instruction to more than 800 people with disabilities, each week. SABAH provides weekly adaptive ice skating lessons, adaptive skating equipment, intense volunteer support, and the opportunity to perform in an annual skating spectacular.
    (Added: Fri Jun 15 2001)
  • Special Olympics
    What Is Special Olympics? Special Olympics is an international program of year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than one million children and adults with mental retardation. The Special Olympics Oath Is ... Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt. Our Leaders Are ... Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Honorary Chairman, and Sargent Shriver, Chairman of the Board. Our Mission Is ... to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with mental retardation by giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
    (Added: Fri Jun 15 2001)
  • Yoga for the Special Child
    Yoga for the Special Childô is a comprehensive program of yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs. Our style of yoga is gentle and therapeutic -- safe for babies and children with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism and other developmental disabilities. These methods also provide an effective treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD and Learning Disabilities.
    (Added: Mon Dec 31 2001)
 
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