Volunteer Corner

Welcome to the Volunteer Corner!

Missing you all is an understatement and we can't wait until everyone can make their way back to the barn and farm!


In the meantime, we have put together a few informational and fun facts to help educate you and as well as keep you entertained. You are all welcome to check out the “Rider's Corner” too.


For more information regarding anything posted in the “Volunteers Corner”

contact Debi Houliares at dhouliares@equicenterny.org

Video of the Week

Current Volunteer Orientation Video:

Specifically for those coming back for Horse Handler's and Leaders

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Did You Know?

What is a disability?

A disability is any condition of the body or mind (impairment) that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities (activity limitation) and interact with the world around them (participation restrictions). 

What disability is most common?

According to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the most common disability type, mobility, affects 1 in 7 adults. With age, disability becomes more common, affecting approximately 2 in 5 adults age 65 and older. The most common type of disability in younger adults is a cognitive disability. 

What is the largest category of students with disabilities?

Specific Learning Disabilities Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) is by far the largest category of disability within the Individuals for Disabilities Education Act. Nearly half of all disabled children are labeled in the category of SLD. 

Some examples of common disabilities you may find at EquiCenter are:

Vision Impairment

Deaf or hard of hearing

Mental health conditions 

Intellectual disability 

Acquired brain injury 

Autism spectrum disorder

Physical disability

Disability Impacts All Of Us

61 million adults in the United States live with a disability

Check out this infographic from the CDC by clicking the button below:

Disabilities We Serve

Including but not limited to:


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)




Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)


Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) 


Autonomic Dysreflexi (Spinal Cord Injury)


Behavior and Psychosocial Problems


Brain Injury (BI)


Cancer (CA)


Cerebral Palsy (CP) 


Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) 


Communication Disorders 


Cystic Fibrosis (CF) 




Down Syndrome


Eating Disorders


Epilepsy, Seizure Disorders


Fibromyalgia, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome

Heart/Cardiac Conditions


Multiple Sclerosis (MS)


Myopathy/Muscular Dystrophy (MD)


Neuromuscular Disorders/Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 


Oppositional Defiant Disorder (Behavior Disorders)

PTS (Post Traumatic Stress)


Rett Syndrome


Sensory Integrative Disorder (SID)


Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) 


Stroke/Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) 

Disability Of The Week: Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that causes the body's immune system to attack the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS includes the brain and the spinal cord. 

Nerve cells in the CNS communicate with each other by way of axons (which work like wires connecting one nerve cell to the next). Axons have a protective coating around them called myelin.

MS causes the immune system to "attack" the myelin, creating damaging lesions within the CNS. This damage keeps the nerve cells from communicating as they are meant to. Therefore, the CNS can't function properly.

Past Disabilities Of The Week:

EquiCenter exists to foster the personal growth and individual achievement of children and adults with disabilities, at-risk youth, veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian and related programs. 

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Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

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