Fun in the Sun
The Flutie Foundation is a proud sponsor of the AccesSportAmerica water sports program for individuals on the autism spectrum at the Pappas Rehab Hospital in Canton* (Formerly the Mass Hospital School). Annually, this adaptive program offers 50+ Individuals with autism the opportunity to take part in windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, and stand up paddling -to name a few- while building confidence and having fun!
Minimum age requirement is 6 years old
"We loved the program. Our daughter has been hesitant to get in the water. After participating in the program, she wanted to go to the beach and try to swim!
Formally founded in 1995, AccesSportAmerica's water sports program is completely safe while bringing out incredible physical and cognitive gains with all participants. AccesSportAmerica's executive director, Ross Lilly, has been adapting and teaching water sports for over 20 years to people of all dis/abilities. These "high challenge" sports bring out more focus and higher physical function than ever imagined and the program is great fun for all ages. Various sessions are available, running from June through August. Sign up and discover something new in sport and in your child. AccesSportAmerica will work with any child or adult and parent participation is encouraged! Stable platforms and rigs are used to make all comfortable - if one doesn't want to get wet, they won't. In addition, the instructor to participant ratio is often 1 to 1 or better!
*The Reservoir Lake at Pappas Rehab Hospital School is directly behind the school complex with the benefits of staff and care services. This is a safe, isolated lake, in which AccesSportAmerica is often the sole user.
Please contact Lisa Collins- firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.