Rehabilitation Hospital to Sponsor Adapted Golf Workshop
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  • Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, New York will sponsor a half-day educational program, “Tee Off Time for Adaptive Golf: playing, teaching, establishing a program,” on Monday April 10, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The program is designed for professionals who teach golf, or are involved with adaptive opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities, including PGA and LPGA pros, therapeutic recreation specialists, physical and occupational therapists and parks and recreation staff.

    Helen Hayes Hospital’s GolfAbility specialists will share their expertise on what is involved in setting up an adaptive golf program, including options for funding. They will discuss individuals who may benefit, including those with spinal cord injury, amputation, stroke, arthritis and other mobility impairments, and how these individuals can best be accommodated on the course. Participants will learn about adaptive equipment which is available, including single rider carts, and will able to try out adaptive techniques, skills and equipment during the hands-on session of the program.

    Program instructors will be: Eileen Andreassi, CTRS, Director of Recreational Therapy, Helen Hayes Hospital; David Wickes, CTRS, Recreational Therapist, GolfAbility Coordinator, Helen Hayes Hospital; and John Stuart, Instructor, Eastern Amputee Golf Association. Recreation Therapists will receive three continuing education units (CEU’s) for attendance. In addition, the LPGA has approved the course for two non-LPGA certification units (CU’s) and PGA credits are pending.

    This program is free of charge. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-call basis. To Register, or for additional information, call 845-786-4200

    GolfAbility is Helen Hayes Hospital’s instructional program to teach the basics of golf, and promote golf as a rewarding leisure activity, to individuals with disabilities and mobility impairments. The program encourages individuals with disabilities who have never considered golf to take up the game and also seeks to prevent golfers from giving up the game due to injury, illness or age related conditions. GolfAbility is funded through the continuing support of the Helen Hayes Hospital Foundation and the North Rockland Lions Club.

    Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty physical rehabilitation hospitals, helping to restore mobility and independence to individuals recovering from catastrophic injuries and chronic debilitating illnesses, enabling them to move on to active and productive lives.

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