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SCDD Supports the Adaptive Paddling and Cycling Center Extravaganza

Rochester Accessible Adventures (RAA) with the support of SCDD will partner with Erie Canal Boat Company to provide a two-day event on the Erie Canalway in Fairport, NY, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on June 10 and 11, 2017, at 7 Liftbridge Lane West, Fairport, NY 14450. This two-day event is free and open to the community. Guests will learn how Erie Canal Boat Company is now operating inclusively any time their doors are open, offering standard and adaptive kayaking and cycling equipment rentals daily during the season. We will highlight equipment options – dock-mounted hoyer lift, easy access kayaks, seat and grip modifications, three-wheeled cycles, MonoMano cycle, hand cycles, tandem, and more! This is a family event, with inclusive yoga, massage, music, kayaking, and cycling. Staff and Volunteers will be on site to assist and staff from Rochester Accessible Adventures’ Regional Resource Network will provide community resource information to keep families with members with disabilities connected. See the media release for more information about the organizations putting on this event.

“This is a fantastic opportunity!" says Anita O’Brien, Executive Director of Rochester Accessible Adventures. “We are grateful to UR Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, Disabled Sports USA and Craig H. Neilsen, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and NYS Canal Corporation for their support in helping us reach out to the community to showcase our work towards a truly inclusive society.”

"Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities is happy to support Rochester Accessible Adventures’ efforts in making the Rochester community accessible and inclusive for everyone,” says Susan Hetherington, Director of Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, “recreational activities are important to the quality of life for all people.”

“It is so important to me to be able to continue to do active things with my family, even as my Multiple Sclerosis progresses. Knowing I can still ride bikes with my husband and daughters or go kayaking together – just by using some of the great equipment pieces that make it easier for me – is crucial to ALL of us as a family” says Kerrie Giesen, a Rochester area resident who has benefited from RAA’s work towards inclusion in the region and who was recently featured in New Mobility Magazine, June 1, 2017. Families with members with a variety of disabilities and medical conditions are invited to attend The APACC Extravaganza and learn how they can recreate together with this model of inclusion.

For more information about this event, visit the event page or the RAA website.


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