Outlook Group Newsletter

April 2015

Monthly Meeting: Thursday, April 16

Monthly Meeting Recap
Community Accessible Recreation Programs City of Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department
HEARTS Therapeutic Equestrian Center Santa Barbara Special Needs Adaptive Programs
Hearing Loss Association of Santa Barbara Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) provides the Outlook Group Newsletter as a community service. CRH does not endorse any resources or activities listed that are not sponsored by Cottage Health System, rather this information is provided for informational purposes only.

Thursday, April 16 Combined Meeting with Outlook Group and SCI Life Series Group 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Meet, Eat and Greet: 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Presentation: 6:00 - 7:30 pm.

Location: CRH Meisel Conference Center

We are usually are a Pot Luck group but this month Pizza will be provided

About six years ago, Gary Karp gave us veterans a positive ego boosting shot in the arm. He returns to once again to wow us as we support the rookies in the SCI Life Series Group that the Triumph Foundation sponsors. He shows how people find their way forward when they have experienced a traumatic change. They thrive with their disabilities.

Gary Karp took that journey on 4 July 1973 at the age of 18 when he fell out of a tree, which paralyzed him at the T12-L1 (mid-back). Following surgery and a long hospital stay, Gary was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan where he spent seven weeks of hard labor (as he describes it!) gaining strength and balance, and learning the range of skills and methods he would use to return to the community and live an active independent life.

Bio: Gary is the author of three books "Life On Wheels: The A to Z Guide to Living with Mobility Issues," "and "Disability & The Art of Kissing: Questions and Answers on the True Nature of Intimacy," all widely reviewed as definitive guides for people with disabilities. His book of essays by people with spinal cord injuries — co-edited with Stanley Klein Ph.D. — is titled "From There To Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury," and will be available again soon as an eBook. His investigative articles and profiles have appeared regularly in New Mobility Magazine, and he is the former Executive Editor of SCI Life, the quarterly newspaper of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA).
As a well-known disability awareness writer, journalist, speaker, and trainer Gary was acknowledged in 2007 when he was inducted into the Spinal Cord injury Hall of Fame as a Disability Educator.

Sponsor: The Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center

March Meeting Recap

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The Leprechauns came with their pot of golden goodies of wedding cake and our usual potluck treats for our newlyweds Joe and Karen. We thank and appreciate all those delights. We also thank Bonnie Elliott and Kathleen Riel ILRC for their disaster preparedness presentation.

Last month Bonnie and Kathleen discussed the importance of being prepared for Mother Nature's disasters. Those who have disabilities, the elderly and others with special needs, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present additional challenges. Protecting yourself and your family when disaster strikes requires planning ahead. A personal support network (sometimes called a self-help team) can help you prepare for a disaster. They can do this by helping you identify and get the resources you need to deal effectively also assist you after a disaster happens. Some elements to consider as you plan your disaster plan are to have a current list of medicines you take and current description of your medical condition, figure out how to deal without water and electricity, having money since ATM would more than be inoperable, choose an "out-of-town" contact, decide where to meet, plan escape routes and accessible safe place, plan for your pets, and prepare to encounter different hazards limiting accessibility. Take a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class. CERT class educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

We thank all of you wonderful people for the totally unexpected and beautiful wedding gifts you all gave us! We absolutely love the beautiful silver box with the engraving on the top and we are displaying it prominently in our living room! We also thank you for the Cutco gift certificate. We have a couple of Cutco Knives and they are the best. Thank you all for the special evening at Outlook. Love you all! Karen & Joe F


12th Annual Disablity Capitol Aciton Day 2015
LOCATION: West Lawn of Capitol Building Sacramento, CA
DATE: Wednesday May 20
TIME: 9 A M – 2 P.M.
2015 Disability Capitol Action Day (DCAD) is brought to you by the Disability Action Coalition to educate, empower and inform Californians with Disabilities. The DCAD 2015 theme honors the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act “ADA – TODAY, TOMORROW, FOREVER”. Everyone is welcome to schedule their own visit with legislators. ASL Interpreters, Text Captioning and Simultaneous Translation provided. For information go to DisabilityActionCoalition.org.


Newsletter The deadline for the next issue is April 16th. If you have anything to share on various issues of disability and concerns, travel etc., contact Mike Betliskey at 745-1009 or email m2bubs@cathholicweb.com with your contributions.

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Triumph Foundation

Location: Santa Clarita Sports Complex
20870 Centre Pinte Pkwy, Santa Clarita

Dates: Saturday, April 25, Sunday April 26

Time: Saturday - 9 am - 5 pm, Sunday - 9 am - 3 pm

The Festival will feature wheelchair hockey, basketball, quad rugby (murder ball), racquetball, hand cycling, painting workshop by Artists for Trauma, and resource fair. Our goal is to introduce wheelchair sports to more people, increase inclusiveness and awareness of people living with disabilities in the community, and have FUN!

For more information, contact Andrew Skinner 661-803-3700 Andrew@Triumph-Foundation.org or René Van Hoorn


Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center

A warm-water (92 degree) environment available with pool shade canopy to community members. For information please call 569-8999 x82552.

Aquatic Wellness and Exercise Programs

  • Independent exercise and swim
  • Personal training
  • Adapted swim lessons
  • Specialty clinics
  • Youth adapted swim time
  • Classes in arthritis exercise, fibromyalgia exercise and aerobic conditioning
  • 'Aquatic Buddy' volunteers are now available to assist participants in the water with their water exercise and swim program.
Contact The Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center for more details on volunteering


Adapted Golf Program

Date: Mondays Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM Location: Santa Barbara Golf Club Driving Range Fee: $8.00 for a 30-minute lesson, or 6 lessons for $30.00 by appointment

Contact René Van Hoorn, RTC, at 569-8999, ext. 82102 or email rvanhoor@sbch.org. Designed for persons with physical, visual or cognitive impairments. Thirty-minute lessons include putting, chipping, and/or driving with occasional use of the golf course. An adapted golf cart is available to use for participants who play from sitting or need assistance with standing balance. The program is wheelchair accessible. Sponsored by Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.

Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department Classes and Activities

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Classes and Activities

Check the our Program Guide at www.sbparksandrecreation.com. Guides are also available at all City Recreation Centers. A wide variety of classes and activities are offered through the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department at various locations throughout the city. If you need assistance to participate, please call the Adapted Programs office at least 3 weeks before class or activity is to start.

Shake, Rattle & Roll Dance

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Date: Thursdays time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM Session: 20366 16 Apr - 2 Jul Fee: $40.00 per session (12 classes) or $4.00 drop-in fee each time Location: Carrillo Recreation Denter, 100 E. Carrillo St.

Dance, socialize and meet new people. Instructed by Karen Putnam

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

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Check out their website at www.HeartsRiding.org. Hearts is known for high quality fun therapeutic custom designed riding and horsemanship experiences for children and adults with special needs. Hearts is a healing center for both the very young and the young at “heart”. Riding a horse stimulates the physical body as well as brain functioning, due to the increased blood circulation and the need to balance and rebalance oneself while mounted. For more info about Hearts Therapeutic Center contact Devon Sachey, program director at 964-1519 or Devon@heartsriding.org.

Santa Barbara Special Needs Adaptive Programs - sbsnap.org

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Workshops, Resources, Events, Activities and Recreation opportunities for those with physical, developmental and Intellectual special needs posted daily on www.sbSNAP.org. Share your opportunities with others by posting on our website!

Hearing Loss Association of Santa Barbara

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Meeting Date: 2nd Saturday of every month Time: 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Location: Wood Glen Hall, 3010 Foothill Rd. Info: Claudia 684-2788

Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures ^ top

Casa Colina’s Outdoors Adventures is up and running again. For more information about trip details, please contact: Casa Colina’s Outdoor Adventures Program 909-596-7733, ext. 2200

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Cottage Health System's website www.cottagehealthsystem.org provides information for upcoming classes, seminars and health events offered by CHS. The site also contains an extensive online health library. There is also a link to Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital for the latest happenings at CRH. CRH also has a Facebook page. Like us on Facebook.

Outlook Group Information

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Outlook Group provides individuals with disabilities with education and peer support for individuals and those with close connections to them. For information about meetings, joining Outlook Group, etc. contact Donna Glenn at 569-8999, ext. 82101 or email at dglenn@sbch.org or Lad Handelman at 966 0097.

For those who no longer wish to receive this newsletter please contact Donna at 569-8999 ext 82101 or dglenn@sbch.org. Thank you