From the Garden Island 7/10/13:
Participation in the many recreational opportunities on Kauai brings us an appreciation of our island home, social opportunities with friends, family and making new friends, fitness, the chance to learn new skills, and so much more. Everyone deserves the opportunity to participate in all that life offers us. This week, July 7-13, 2013, is National Therapeutic Recreation Week (NTRW). Are you aware of all the opportunities available to our residents & visitors regardless of physical or cognitive abilities?
The purpose of NTRW is to increase awareness of therapeutic recreation programs and services while expanding these opportunities for individuals with disabilities. According to the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, “the purpose of the RT process is to improve or maintain physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual functioning in order to facilitate full participation in life.”
On Kauai we have many organizations and individuals who work to fulfill this purpose. A few are highlighted here.
KORE, the Kaua`i Ocean Recreation Experience, helps Kauai residents, their families and visitors who are physically challenged or have special needs enjoy the ocean with the assistance of trained professionals each month in Hanalei at Black Pot Beach. Since its start in 2009, KORE has grown to over 400 participants and volunteers. Many friends return each month to revel in the freedom the ocean provides, leaving their disabilities on the beach. County buses ensure residents all over the island can access this opportunity.