Monday, June 17, 2013

Adaptive Cycling for All this Summer

At WATAP, we get the importance of having access to assistive device and the opportunity to try them out. So if you're looking to rent adaptive sporting equipment or want an opportunity to learn about adaptive sports there are resources here in our outdoorsy State for you. As many know, the Outdoors for All Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 as the Ski for All Foundation. Today, over 2,000 children and adults with disabilities exercise their abilities while skiing, cycling, hiking, kayaking and more through the organization's programs. Their goal is to transform lives through outdoor recreation and the following story illustrates how they're succeeding.

"My daughter has been battling brain cancer for over 2 years and has not been on a bike since. She continually watches from the side line, as her brother and the neighbor kids ride their bikes, wanting to join them so badly. When we heard of Outdoors for All we were so excited to give her some of her childhood back. She was just thrilled to get on your bike and ride. It was as huge a moment for her as her Make-a-wish!! 

Outdoors for All is committed to providing more opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families so that they may get outdoors and recreate together. This summer, they'll be expanding the drop-in adaptive cycle rental program. Beginning June 28th, individuals with disabilities and their families may come to the Magnuson Park office in Seattle on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am – 5 pm to enjoy the fun of adaptive cycling! Staff and volunteers will be available to help individuals with disabilities explore a variety of adaptive cycles and find the best match. Magnuson Park has miles of trails to enjoy and the park is just across the street from the Burke-Gilman Trail if you’re interested in a longer ride on a protected bike path.

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