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Although 18% of US children are living with some type of disability, accessible sport and recreational programs are limited. Most often, children with severe physical disabilities are excluded from these programs completely. The Lollipop Kids Foundation, in collaboration with the Downtown Sailing Center, has developed  a summer accessible sailing program which proves that “sailing is for everyone”, regardless of ability.

Accessible sailing, when used as a form of therapeutic recreation, provides a unique setting in which multiple therapeutic modalities are employed simultaneously. Accessible sailing enhances coordination, balance, communication, comprehension and visual stimulation. Children with limited ability to sit still or concentrate are visibly calmer, relaxed and focused while sailing. Accessible sailing also builds confidence and self-esteem, prevents social isolation, increases muscular strength and flexibility, improves cardiovascular functioning and enhances the child’s overall well-being.

This program incorporates modifications needed to welcome children with all types of disabilities, even children with the most profound physical limitations.


Check your summer calendars – It’s time to go sailing!

2013 Summer Sailing Sessions:

June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 29, August 12 & August 26


5:30PM – 7:30PM


Downtown Sailing Center

1415 Key HIghway

Baltimore, MD 21230


To register, please email debbie@lollipopkidsfoundation.org with the following information:

1. Child’s name

2. Child’s age

3. Can the child sit independently?

4.  One parent/caregiver can sail with the child or a sailing buddy can be assigned.  Which do you prefer?

Minimum age is 6 years.

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