Outlook Group Newsletter

May 2014

•  Monthly Meeting: May 14


•  Disability Capitol Action Day 5/21   Accessible Yoga Classes
•  Spinal Cord Injury Support Group   Tennis on Wheels: Mondays
Wheelchair Sports / Adapted Cycling   HEARTS Therapeutic Equestrian Center
•  CHS Resources   •  Santa Barbara Special Needs Adaptive Programs
•  CRH Aquatic Center Programs   Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures
•  Adapted Golf   Hearing Loss Association of Santa Barbara


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 at dglenn@sbch.org or Lad Handelman at 966 0097.


Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH) and the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Adapted Programs provide the Outlook Group Newsletter as a community service.  Neither CRH nor the City endorses any resources or activities listed that are not sponsored by their agency; rather, this information is provided for informational purposes only.


May 12 Monthly Meeting
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Pilgrim Terrace Cooperative Homes Activity Center
649 Pilgrim Terrace Dr.
(across from La Cumbre Middle School on Modoc)

Jivana Heyman - Accessible Yoga


Accessible Yoga is designed for people with disabilities, chronic illness, seniors, or anyone focused on healing and stress reduction. He will explore the depth of Yoga practice with extra time for guided deep realization, breathing practices, meditation, and discussion of yoga philosophy.


Jivana Heyman is an Integral Yoga Minister and manager of the Integral Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Jivana has focused on teaching yoga philosophy and sharing yoga for people with disabilities. In 2007, he created the Accessible Yoga Teacher Training program to train people with disabilities to become yoga teachers. For more information visit www.accessibleyoga.org.


Gentle Accessible Yoga classes  ^  top

Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Santa Barbara Yoga Center, 32 East Micheltorena Street


Santa Barbara Yoga Center, established in 1992, is a mindful and community based business operated in alignment with the tenets of yoga philosophy. They are committed to offering the best quality of yoga instruction in an inspiring and uplifting setting. They are passionate about providing consistently excellent teaching, accessible classes, and a yogahome that welcomes all, body, mind and spirit. The style of yoga they offer are classical hatha aoga, Iyengar, Anusara, eclectic Vinyasa, integral, Yin yoga, Kundalini, pre- and -post-natal, kids and keens yoga, restorative and therapeutic yoga. They also complement our yoga program with Pilates.


April Meeting Recap

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With April lilies, daffodils, and desert roses flowering, our potluck buffet blossomed with many delicious goodies with a pizza treat from Karen J on her 29th Birthday. Thanks for all who make are potluck a budding feast.


In Donna absence, Kay has spoiled us with her attention. We would like to give great big thanks to Kay for all her effort and time that she devoted to us the last few months. Donna is doing fantastic. She visited our meeting. She will be back facilitating at our May meeting./p>


The outlook Group would like to extend our love, thoughts and prayers to Denise and her family at the loss of her mother. Denise, an occupational therapist at CRH, has supported us and given us helpful and practical presentations like on scuba diving, adaptive kayaking (ask Lad and Mike B on a dry run tryout), and adaptive electronic equipment./p>


We would like to thank Andrew Skinner for his informative presentation. He stressed that the Triumph Foundation is not in competition with other organizations like the Outlook Group, rather it is fulfilling a need for those with a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), especially the newly injured in order to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. Triumph Foundation works to minimize the obstacles that one faces after suffering SCI. They specialize in galvanizing and restoring lives after SCI. The cornerstone of their outreach is giving newly injured people Care Baskets that are like tool-kits, which provide information and resources about the many organizations, assistance programs, and activities that exist to help people with an SCI with their new beginning and to enable them to keep living their lives to the fullest potential. They also have flash drive wrist bracelet chalk full of info. They are also involved within the SCI community by taking leadership roles in support groups, helping people plan home modifications for wheelchair accessibility, assisting people with financial constraints to get needed equipment, supplies and services through our Keep Moving Forward grant program, expanding disabled sports and fitness opportunities, and providing mentorship and advocacy.


Spinal Cord Injury Life Series Group Meeting

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Third Thursday of every month, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m

CRH Meisel Conference Center

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


Triumph Foundation has touched the lives of over 2,000 individuals affected by spinal cord injury; given $20,000 in assistance to people with inadequate medical insurance; performed seven home and bathroom remodels; provided wheelchair accessible vehicles to people who did not have the means to purchase one on their own; handed out well over 500 Care Baskets to newly injured people; and regularly visits 15 area hospitals and rehabilitation centers throughout the Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties.


Disability Capitol Action Day

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May 21, 10:00 a.m.
West Lawn of Capitol Building

The 11th Annual Disability Capitol Action Day is brought to you by the Disability Action Coalition. Everyone is welcome to schedule their own visit with legislators. ASL Interpreters, Text Captioning and Simultaneous Translation provided. For registration and information go to DisabilityActionCoalition.org; or Ted Jackson at ted@c_lc.org or(916) 325-1690 ext. 337 / (916) 325-1695 TDD Contact Rachel Anderson at rachel@c_lc.org or (916) 325-1690 to make an early bird reservation for the Disability Resource Fair.


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


Community Accessible Recreation  ^  top

Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center

A warm-water (92 degree) environment with pool shade canopy is available to community members with a physician's release.  For information about The Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center Wellness and Exercise Programs please call 569-8999 ext. 82552.

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 Swim Lessons and Open Swim

Saturdays, Noon -12:30 p.m.

Aquatic Center Hours

Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. (closed Noon - 1:00 p.m.)

Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Adapted Golf Program

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Mondays, 9:30 a.m - 11:30 a.m.

Santa Barbara Golf Club, 3500 McCaw Ave.

Fee: $8.00 for a 30-minute lesson, or 6 lessons for $30

Contact René Van Hoorn, RTC, at 569-8999, ext. 82102 or email rvanhoor@sbch.org.

A recreation therapist and a golf instructor design individualized golf programs to meet the goals of persons with physical, visual or cognitive impairments. Golf clubs and adapted equipment are available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. 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 accessible to wheelchairs.


Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department Classes and Activities

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Adapted Programs Office 564-5421


Check the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation 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 three weeks before class or activity is to start.

Tennis on Wheels

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Mondays, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $19 per class

Municipal Tennis Courts on Park Place at Old Coast Highway

For more information, contact Instructor Nancy Wheeler 722-8484, wheeler929@yahoo.com


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 Kirby 964-1519 or kirby@HeartsRiding.org.


Santa Barbara Special Needs Adaptive Programs - sbsnap.org

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A parent-run website of special needs community resources: events, specialists, workshops, clubs, activities and travel ideas.


Hearing Loss Association of Santa Barbara

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2nd Saturday of every month, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Wood Glen Hall, 3010 Foothill Rd.

For more information, call Claudia 684-2788


Solo Rider Golf Carts

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Two Solo Rider carts for golf players with mobility impairments are available at Santa Barbara Golf Club


The Solo Rider golf cart is a fun and comfortable way to get back into the game. It features a turf-friendly design, a hydraulic seat, ergonomically-designed controls, strong hill-climbing ability, all course access, a regenerative braking system and meets or exceeds all applicable ANSI safety standards.  For Golf information call 687-7087


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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.


The deadline for the next newsletter issue is April 24.  If you have anything to share regarding various issues of disability and concerns, travel etc., contact Mike Betliskey at 745-1009 or email m2bubs@cathholicweb.com or mbubs_3@sysmatrix.net with your contributions.