Outlook Group Newsletter

April 2014

•  Monthly Meeting: April 14

   

•  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

 

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.

 


April 14 Monthly Meeting
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Skinner

Triumph Foundation

 

Andrew will discuss the mission and activities of Triumph Foundation. Its mission is to help individuals with Spinal Cord Injuries to triumph over their disability and to inspire them to keep moving forward with their lives by pushing themselves to get better every day. It 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.

 

Andrew Skinner will share his own personal journey of living with a Spinal Cord Injury also how he became the founder and leader of the Triumph Foundation. He suffered a C 4, 5, 6 spinal cord injury on November 26, 2004 while celebrating Thanksgiving at the family cabin in Lake Arrowhead. He got hurt six months after graduating from college. He just landed a great job and found the love of his life, Kirsten. This injury has taught me many lessons. One of the first things you learn when you go through a catastrophic event is what is really important to you. You learn to not sweat the small stuff and to count your blessings. Ever since I got hurt, we always wanted to give back to others who have suffered an injury like mine and are recovering from paralysis. I have always lived an active lifestyle, and just because I am in a wheelchair does not mean I am just sitting around.  Many things in my life changed when I got hurt, but that does not mean I stopped living my life, I just have to do things differently.  My accident left me as a newborn, and I had to relearn how to do everything.  I feel blessed that my most powerful muscle, my mind, is still very much intact and stronger than ever.  Everyone has their own scars, and there are things in life that you just cannot change.  Sometimes the only thing you can change is your attitude and you have to do what you have to do.  Just Keep Moving Forward. Life is not about how you fall, it is about how you land, and if you pick yourself back up again.  My injury was my fall, my landing is my recovery, and what I do with my life is me picking myself back up again.

In August 2008, Kirsten and Andrew started Triumph Foundation. 

Location

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

 


March Meeting Recap

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Our Pluses and Minuses Meeting on St Patrick’s Day had the Leprechauns leaping and pointing to the rainbow, which led not to a pot of gold but to a golden potluck of Italian food. We would like to thank all the Leprechauns who provided the golden goodies.

PLUSES AND MINUSES
Everyone seemed to be doing pretty well. The group was happy to hear the Donna is recovering well and is looking forward to her return. Lad shared a new resource that the group was interested in.

 


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.

 


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.

 

 

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