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Advanced Recreation Therapy

The Full Story

What started as a 1,200-mile hand-cycle ride from Boston to Atlanta, has turned into JTF’s second initiative: Advanced Recreation Therapy (ART). Returning to life post-injury is critical in overcoming limitations to lead fulfilling lives. ART provides individuals with the opportunity to access new adventures to explore an inaccessible world with a disability while creating lasting memories. Our goal is to allow young adults to reintegrate back into society, and do the things they often feel are impossible. Through ART, a disability doesn’t prevent an individual from trying new things but rather encourages them to find new ways to be active in society after a traumatic injury. Guided by knowledgeable staff, people can focus on learning new skills to overcome limitations and find independence. 

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JTF's "Fun Fund"

In June of 2023, JTF initiated its first ART collaboration, funding the adolescent program at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, GA. Recreation therapy is a pivotal program that allows individuals new to SCI to have the opportunity for experiences while guided by Shepherd staff. Outings and recreation play a key part in returning to society with a disability, and helps in learning new ways to do the things we love to do, while boosting independence and mental health. 

 

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Adaptive Waterski Day

We have an exciting opportunity for individuals with SCI to try adaptive waterskiing. All ages and abilities are welcome to join us for a fun day on the water! Please send us a message if you are interested.

What: Adaptive Waterski

Where: Sandbar Beach Club; Tyngsboro, MA 01879

When: Wednesday, August 21, 2024; 11am-3pm

Ability: ALL SCI

Partners: Webster Waterski; Team Hoyt New England

Cost: FREE

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"This life-changing experience has changed my perspective on my injury as a whole. Being surrounded by so much joy and such a diverse set of people has taught me so much about how I can pivot and live a long life as a person with a spinal cord injury. I had never been skiing even before my injury and being able to try this as open my eyes to an entire new sport."

Paris Carter, 2024 ART Participant

Residence: Georgia
Activity: Mono-ski
Where: Park City, Utah
When: January, 2024
Program: Adolescent Program; Shepherd Center
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