The donation was part of Convaid's Community Outreach Program, which was created for charitable donations to low income or non-funded end users, non-profit organizations and schools with special education programs.
Online PR News – 08-May-2013 – Torrance/California – To help aid the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EQUIP) at Rocking T Ranch in Yorba Linda, CA, Convaid, Inc. has donated two lightweight wheelchairs to help train their horses for the program. The wheelchairs are essential to help the horses feel comfortable around equipment used by students in the EQUIP program.
The program was introduced to Rocking T Ranch just one year ago by Gary Mullen, Ed.D., who developed two other similar programs. Executive Director Jim Tice and PATH International Instructor Maggie Kehrer, provide lessons to meet the unique requirements of each special needs client. Every lesson incorporates ground and riding activities. Interaction with the farm animals is also built into the tail end of many sessions. The client experience is designed to be beneficial on multiple levels including improved balance, coordination, social interaction, hand-eye coordination and increased attention span among many others.
The Rocking T Ranch’s clientele includes people with several different disabilities such as Autism, ADD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Social, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
“These Convaid wheelchairs are just perfect for the ranch,” said Kehrer. “Horses are very fearful animals and anything out of the ordinary can really frighten them. Part of training them for EQUIP is getting them use to wheelchairs and other equipment that clients might bring to the ranch.”
Convaid donated a Scout and Cruiser wheelchair, which is perfect to help prepare the horses for the EQUIP program at the Rocking T Ranch.
“We love what they do at Rocking T Ranch,” said President of Convaid Chris Braun. “The EQUIP program really does enhance the lives of special needs children. We are more than happy to be involved with this special program.”
For more information on Convaid’s Community Outreach Program and their products visit http://www.convaid.com/ or call 1-888-CONVAID.
To learn more about Rocking T Ranch and their EQUIP program visit http://www.rocking-t-ranch.com/.
Convaid, the company that invented the adaptive assisted wheelchair, has helped special needs children and their families live fuller, more productive lives since 1976. Convaid produces high-performance, easy-to-use and attractive mobility products for all stages of a young person’s life, from infancy to young adulthood. Each product is custom-built to individual specifications to provide the optimum comfort, safety and convenience.