April 9, 2010

Accessible Sailing at Community Boating, Inc. in Boston

Community Boating in Boston has, for over 60 years, offered "sailing for all". Their UAP (Universal Access Program) offers accessible sailing opportunities for people with disabilities. Some groups that have used this program include children with autism and Down syndrome and their parents, wheelchair users and visually impaired people.

via its site:

In the Universal Access Program, persons with disabilities and their guests will have the use of specialized, accessible sailboats and transfer equipment, dedicated staff assistance to get in and out of the boats, and sailing instruction, all for only $1.00! Several seat configurations in the boats are available for people with various disabilities. Reserved sessions, usually an hour in length, can be customized to meet individual needs. They can consist of a short sailboat ride for therapeutic recreation or a more learn-to-sail class structure, leading to ratings and expanded sailing privileges.
2010 Schedule:

* Monday, June 14th — Sunday August 29th (except July 4th)
* Monday—Friday: 3:00-5:00pm
* Weekends: 10:00-2:00pm

For more information about sailing, click here.

This organization is seeking donors to help expand its program and purchase equipment for quadriplegic sailors and others.

They will hold a fundraiser on Thursday, August 26, 2010 called Raise the Sails for All at the Liberty Hotel from 7am to 10 am "to support Community Boating's Junior and Universal Access Programs. This gala event will feature hors d'oeuvres, open bar, music and dancing as well as live auction and prizes!"

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