Adaptation for recreation
Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center breaks down barriers
With help from Crotched Mountain Accessible Recreation and Sports program volunteers and staff, Kathrynn Peterson goes from wheelchair to kayak at Sunset Lake in Greenfield. (NANCY BEAN FOSTER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Kristin Harris, a certified therapeutic recreation therapist who coordinates the CMARS program, said kayaking is an activity that gives a wide range of people with varying degrees of disability a chance to have fun, learn a new skill and socialize with others.
"They can just go, go, go," said Harris.
Souhegan High sends six students to the CMARS kayaking program each week, according to Joan Conley, transition facilitator at the school. Part of Conley's job is to help students with disabilities make the move out of public school and into adult living. That transitional process includes ensuring that those students have access to the same kind of recreational activities their peers have.
The cost of CMARS is kept low through donations to the program and through the efforts of volunteers who help with the activities, said Liz LaRose, director of marketing and communications for Crotched Mountain.
"We want to meet the individual where they're at and help them find their own success," said Harris.
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