Swim, dive, kayak and more! People with physical disabilities to challenge themselves with adapted recreational events during clinics hosted by EMU orthotics & prosthetics students, U-M Orthotics and Prosthetics Center

by Pamela Young, Published March 28, 2014


YPSILANTI: Eastern Michigan University will host its annual First Swim, First Paddle & First Dive event. People with physical disabilities will learn introductory-level adapted recreational opportunities that include swimming, scuba diving and kayaking Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Eastern Michigan University’s Jones Natatorium.

WHO:  Certified adaptive swimming, scuba diving and kayaking instructors from across the U.S. will teach the clinics and help participants face challenges in a safe, nurturing environment.

The event is coordinated by Eastern Michigan University orthotics and prosthetics students and is sponsored by the University of Michigan Orthotics and Prosthetics Center and the Orthotic and Prosthetic Activities Foundation.

WHAT: The First Swim, First Paddle & First Dive event is geared toward people with amputations, using wheelchairs, with cerebral palsy, stroke survivors or other physical challenges.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on EMU’s main campus in Ypsilanti

WHERE: Eastern Michigan University’s Jones Natatorium on EMU’s main campus in Ypsilanti.

WHY: The clinics are designed to not only show participants what they can do, but what their possibilities are.

Eastern Michigan University offers one of the few accredited master's programs in orthotics and prosthetics in the country. An orthotist evaluates, designs, and fits an orthosis to enhance function, decrease pain, or aid in healing. A prosthetist designs and fits a custom prosthesis based on the needs of the patient requiring replacement of a body part. Orthotics and prosthetics are allied health disciplines recognized by the American Medical Association. The job market offers numerous opportunities for graduates.

Pamela Young

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