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

Videos:

Current Leader Procedure Video:

Specifically for those coming back for Leaders

Current Barn Volunteer Orientation Video:

Specifically for those coming back for Horse Handlers

Current Farm Volunteer Orientation Video:

Specifically for those coming back for volunteering on the farm

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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)

 

Arthritis 

 

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) 

 

Diabetes 

 

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:

Friedreich's Ataxia

What is Friedreich's Ataxia?

Friedreich’s ataxia (FRDA) is a genetic, progressive, neurodegenerative movement disorder, with a typical age of onset between 10 and 15 years. Initial symptoms may include unsteady posture, frequent falling, and progressive difficulty in walking due to impaired ability to coordinate voluntary movements (ataxia).

Affected individuals often develop slurred speech (dysarthria), characteristic foot deformities, and an irregular curvature of the spine (scoliosis). FRDA is often associated with cardiomyopathy, a disease of cardiac muscle that may lead to heart failure or irregularities in heart rhythm (cardiac arrhythmias). About a third of the people with FRDA develop diabetes mellitus. The symptoms and clinical findings associated with FRDA result primarily from degenerative changes in the sensory nerve fibers at the point where they enter the spinal cord in structures known as dorsal root ganglia. This results in secondary degeneration of nerve fibers in the spinal cord which leads to a deficiency of sensory signals to the cerebellum, the part of the brain that helps to coordinate voluntary movements.

FRDA is caused by abnormalities (mutations) in the FXN gene and people with FRDA inherit a mutation from each parent, so they have mutations in both copies of their FXN gene. This pattern, wherein parents who are clinically unaffected because they only carry a single mutated FXN gene but can have a child who is affected because he / she inherits a mutation from both carrier parents, is called autosomal recessive inheritance.

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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