The Issue: Barriers to Recreation for Kids with Disabilities
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, kids' recreational activities such as summer camps across the country have added accommodations to allow children with special needs to participate. However, even with improved physical access, the high costs of medicine, equipment, home care, and education often put a financial strain on the parents of children with disabilities, preventing them from being able to afford such activities.
The Campaign: Sailing Experience for Youth with Disabilities
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Downtown Sailing Center can provide a three-hour sailing experience for 10 children with disabilities selected from Lollipop Kids Foundation. Each additional $500 will fund a sailing experience for 10 more youth. Each experience will include one-on-one instruction on a water course, using small boats that are manageable for those with limited mobility. After the training period, children take the reins and sail on their own, touring the harbor or participating in fun races. Family members can also sail with participants, or choose to watch from land instead.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Downtown Sailing Center
Downtown Sailing Center (DSC) aims to open up access to sailing through instruction, summer camps for youth, and a fleet of community boats. Its adult and youth boating programming promotes inclusive recreation for people who may face limited opportunities for this kind of activity because of disability or socioeconomic disadvantage. Over the course of a season, more than 1,000 people take to the water with the help of DSC volunteers and staff, who are specially trained to accommodate special needs. The boats at the DSC were specially designed so that they cannot capsize, allowing people with disabilities to sail safely.