AquAbility began a swim program for 38 students at the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind in Gooding, Idaho at the beginning of the school year. Every Wednesday, Karen Morrison brings 7 volunteers with her to work with the students in the water. The progress in 8 weeks is phenomenal!
Here is what parents and teachers are saying:
AquAbility has been a wonderful opportunity for our daughter Hallie (8). She is blind and has Cerebral Palsy. Hallie has always loved to be in the water with us when we swim as a family, but I was never confident enough or knew how to safely get her to go underwater and begin to increase her skills. On the first day of AquAbility I saw pictures of her underwater! There are few activities that Hallie can participate in. Horseback riding has always been a favorite, but now, being able to show off her new skills in the pool is on the top of the list! We feel very fortunate to have this opportunity.”
~Marni Porath, Mother of ISDB student.
“As a teacher, I can’t say enough positive things about AquAbility and the program they offer to my students. The skills that my kiddos are developing are evident week to week in the water, and I can also see transfer of those skills into the classroom. It is so nice to have a program that equally involves the students with disabilities, who sometimes only get to watch from the sidelines in activities their peers might be doing.”
~Jodie Hamilton, ISDB teacher.
Check out this video that was aired on April 30, 2013 on Idaho Public Television.
AquAbility shots are in the last third of the video, featuring AquAbility staff working with a Higher Ground Veteran Camp at a nearby alpine lake. Karen Morrison has a few interview chats and a water teaching segment.
Come and swim to help raise funds so AquAbility can continue to provide quality swim instruction for adults, youth and veterans with disabilities!
Collect donations and swim in the June 30 Swim 4 AquAbility at Zenergy Health Club.
Swimmers in 2012 Swim 4 AquAbility
Broadside Harbor Open Water Swims
AquAbility: Swimming Lessons for Young People with Disabilities
MARCH 16-17 APRIL 6-7 MAY 4-5
Who we are: AquAbility is a non-profit committed to providing recreation through swimming for individuals with physical and visual disabilities.
What: Swimming Lessons for Young People with physical and visual disabilities. Ages 5-17
Where: Boise State University Recreation Center Pool
When: Saturdays 4:15 -5:00 pm and Sundays 1:15-2:00 pm on the weekends listed above.
For more information and to register:
**Parents and/or Legal Guardians must call Karen Morrison, Director and Certified Adapted Aquatics Instructor and Disability Swim Coach. 208-720-6362
AquAbility Swim Clinics at Boise State University
for Veterans & Adults with Disabilities
March 16-17 April 6-7 May 4-5
Location: Boise State University Recreation Center Pool
Times: Saturdays 5:00-6:00p.m. Sundays 12:15-1:15p.m.
AquAbility is an Idaho non-profit corporation committed to providing recreation and sport through swimming for people with a variety of physical challenges. AquAbility is also a Paralympic Sports Club; a division of the U S Olympic Committee, offering community-based sports for adults, youth and veterans with physical and visual challenges.
AquAbility is available to people of all ages who are challenged by a variety of permanent physical restrictions, including but not limited to: paralysis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, visual or auditory impairment, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, amputations, spinal cord injuries, brain injury, and PTSD.
For many people with disabilities, swimming is the only activity they can do without any kind of assistance. This is a priceless freedom!
No prior swimming experience necessary.
_ _Please call 208-928-6558 or 208-720-6362 to Sign up and for more information ___
Here’s a link to a great blog about Zenergy Health Club Sponsoring AquAbility :