Sunday, February 14, 2010
Uphill (and Downhill) All the Way
Graham (soon to be 14!) is too long to fit in a kids sled but he does enjoy the outdoors, especially if speed is involved. Recently Outdoor Access offered an adapted kick sled program near our home. What's that you say? Kick sleds are used for transporation throughout Scandanavia and are are available here in the US from several companies. They are light weight, portable and can be modified pretty easily for individuals who need more support. The sled we tried was modified with a spare wheelchair seat back that provided some lateral support. A foldable camp seat works well too. With a little help from Dad in the rear, off we went! It steers pretty easily and cruises. And yes, I played husky for my daughter. It was a good work out but the rosy cheeks and smiles were worth it.
For more info about Outdoor Access contact Brenda K Davies, OTR/L, 413-259-0009.
For more info about outdoor adapted recreation in Massachusetts and beyond, see the great blog http://www.everyoneoutdoors.blogspot.com/ by Marcy Marchello, Universal Access Program Coordinator at the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation.
Posted by Randi Sargent