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Kayak New Mexico to Hold First Annual Adaptive Clinic for Special Needs Children and Adults

“Come As You Are!”

(Albuquerque, NM) Kayak New Mexico 501(c)3, in cooperation with Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is pleased to announce the first annual “Come As you Are!” Adaptive Kayaking Open House for kids and adults with physical or developmental disabilities.
The open house will be held on May 13, 15, 20 & 22, 2014, from 4 – 9pm. The event is closed to the public, but open to those affected by autism, cancer, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injury and other disabilities. Participation costs $10 for a 2-hour block and includes full access to the Hotel Cascada water park including water slides, feature pools, flow-rider and Lazy River, as well as kayaks and all equipment. Immediate family members, support persons and a limited number of peers are also invited to participate for the same price.
American Canoe Association certified kayak instructors will be on-hand to assist although individuals under 14, or anyone needing support with an unfamiliar activity, should bring support to help ensure successful experience and safety for all individuals.
Past programs have demonstrated that formal training programs for adaptive kayaking can improve motor planning and problem solving, balance and agility, eye/hand coordination, and situational awareness, as well as improved vocalization, social skills, independence, strength and a “can-do!” attitude.
Additional information, including frequently asked questions and online registration form can be found at or by calling (505) 803-2201.

Kayak New Mexico (a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit corporation) is dedicated to helping people with physical or developmental disabilities to build courage, confidence and character, one stroke at a time, through our adaptive kayaking programs. Our motto “Come as you are!” encourages people of all ages and abilities to come kayaking with us. Whether the goals are physical, cognitive, social or emotional, adaptive kayaking can assist individuals on their journey to a better quality of life. By adapting the environment, equipment or teaching methods, we are able to accommodate most participants into our adaptive kayaking programs. Upon completion of the adaptive kayaking program, our students are invited to join the broader paddling community as a continuation to their learning, and ultimately helping our adaptive paddling students strive toward independence in an inclusive community environment.