Outreach & Education
Approximately 21 million Americans have a physical disability. These individuals are not “normal” but they are also not broken or special. They are able, they just have different abilities, or “daffabilities.” And that is what we share in DASA outreach.
Unfortunately, society often tells our friends, family, and loved ones who live with a disability that they are not able or capable and that they are meant to be treated differently. That’s why, in DASA outreach and education seminars, we remove the stigma and teach others how to welcome our disabled peers into our workplaces, sports, events, and social circles. And, we share how adaptive therapies and sports can transform life into one of hope, joy, and ABILITY.
Our purpose is to teach disabled athletes’ independence, strength, and confidence through athletics so they have a meaningful life, an ABLE life, and a life without the stigma of being different.
During our outreach sessions, DASA talks to recently disabled patients in hospitals and/or rehab to share how we empower our athletes with physical disabilities to live to the best of their natural abilities with greater emotional and physical well-being, and we teach others how they can help them do the same.
- DASA team members talk to patients in rehab and provide information on life through sports after injury.
- DASA team members talk to therapists in schools, school districts, and rehabs. It is important that they let their patients know about sports after injury and the incredible life-long benefits of adaptive training and athletics.
- DASA outreach is free of charge.
If you or someone you know has recently suffered an injury that has left him or her physically disabled, contact the DASA team today and let us help with the transition.
During our educational sessions, those who attend (usually children) learn how to interact with and understand children and adults with disabilities. They learn acceptance and discover that they have more in common with each other than they realized.
Education & Message
DASA holds assemblies/presentations at schools (typically elementary schools) that do Ability Awareness Days. The message to those in attendance is clear – that a disability doesn’t mean someone CAN’T do something. We share that we all have abilities, but we all do those abilities differently; that even though someone’s legs don’t work the way yours do, they can still get into the room, they just do it differently, and so much more.
- Presenting only to an auditorium of kids or several different classrooms.
- Demonstration of equipment. We rotate several groups of students through 3-4 stations where the try out the adaptive athlete’s equipment.
Presentations vary in price. The funds received from our educational sessions positively impact the lives of our participants and their families and help them thrive through athletics. We are so thankful for your support! DASA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
You Can Help Us Change the “Disabled” Stigma
DASA’s mission is this: Through adaptive sports and fitness, DASA empowers individuals with disabilities to find their inner athlete.
But we need your help to change that societal stigma and send the message of inclusivity. To set up a presentation at your school or organization or if you’re in need of community outreach, contact us today and help us erase “CAN’T” for individuals with disabilities.