Program teaches disabled skiers
When Taviana Quezada, 12, of Tularosa, took her first ski lesson, you co michael kors bag uldn’t tell who was having more fun: Taviana or her instructors. Saturday at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Convention Center. Cost is $1 per person. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.
For more than 20 years, NMSBVI has participated in the michael kors bag weekly “School to Ski Program” at Ski Apache. SADSP coaches and volunteers help students learn to ski, which provides them a recreational opportunity that enhances their non ski lives.
“Skiing skills transfer to the skills needed to cope with life as their visual acuity decreases,” Marty Davenport, SADSP director, said. “Plus, it’s a recreational opportunity unique in the dry Southwest and it’s fun.”
Davenport’s words tumble as fast as snow flakes in a blizzard when he talks about SADSP’s students and their accomplishments.
“The freedom of gliding on snow includes them in the community of other skiers and snowboarders,” he said.
Skiing is a family sport, too.
“We see the joy when parents can do something with their child who has a disability,” Davenport added.
SADSP depends upon volunteers, donations and fundraising “to make this affordable.” SADSP, an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, receives no tribal, state or federal funds. 523) and the silent auction, our major fund raiser,” Davenport said.
Savvy bidders vie for many items ranging from ski and snowboard equipment to art, clothing, jewelry, michael kors bag gift certificates and more. There are also multiple drawings throughout the evening, culminating with two grand prizes two round trip tickets from Southwest Airlines and a 2009 10 Ski Apache season pass.
Now in its 33rd consecutive year, SADSP continues to make a difference in disabled persons’ lives.
“Anyone with a disability can ski with us, regardless of age, physical or financial limitation,” Davenport said.
Professional instructors and volunteers teach eager adults and children whose physical and cognitive disabilities include not only visual impairments, but also developmental disabilities, double and single amputees, hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s Disease, polio, spinal or head injuries as a result of accidents, stroke survivors and autism spectrum disorder.
Frequently, students use adaptive equipment, such as bi ski (a sled mounted on two skis), mono ski (sled mounted on one ski), outriggers (forearm crutches on short skis) or a michael kors bag walker on skis.
For further information about the program, call the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired at 437 3506; JoAnn Habelt, SADSP, at (575) 336 4416; Marty Davenport at (575) 973 3238; or Elliot Topper at (575) 354 2984.