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Creating Opportunity & Independence with Adaptive Paddling Educational Tools

Funder: Craig H Neilsen Foundation

Funding period
USD 75 K
Funding amount
Title: Creating Opportunity & Independence with Adaptive Paddling Educational Tools

Description: AE proposes to create and publish two educational tools that will significantly affect the lives of individuals with disabilities resulting from Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI). Benefits of these projects will be realized for years to come, and the number of people with SCI affected will be measured in the thousands.

AE proposes to develop an online learning course that will convey best practices commonly relevant across all water-based adaptive sport instructor credentialing workshops. The online course will replace up to 3-hour of classroom time, and credentialing costs for instructor candidates will be reduced significantly. The online course will not replace content best taught with hands-on learning and human interaction. The course will take users through approximately 2-hours of interactive online learning and will include assessments after each module. For nearly all topics, athletes with disabilities resulting from SCI will be used as illustrative examples.

Course modules will include:
1. Disability related language and etiquette
2. Americans with Disability Act (ADA) facility and program compliance
3. Theory and techniques for safe transfer into and out of adaptive sport equipment
4. Lifejackets, rescues, and other risk management considerations

The course will be available to all Trainers in all Paralympic water-sports, all programs utilizing adaptive water sport volunteers, and the public at large for a small fee of $10. Funds generated will be used to maintain ongoing online hosting fees, future content updates, and marketing. Any revenue in excess of the costs of sustaining the resource will be used to support the AE Education and Training program.

Second, AE proposes to rewrite and publish a new edition of the existing American Canoe Association (ACA) textbook called: Canoeing and Kayaking for People with Disabilities. The ACA Adaptive Paddling Program has developed leaps and bounds since the time of last publication in 2009. The new edition of the textbook is proposed to be titled: Paddlesports for People with Disabilities.

To gather film clips and photos for both projects, AE proposes to host two ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshops. A photographer will be hired to attend each APW. Each APW will be one day longer than normal to allow time for photography staging and production. All students within each APW will have disabilities resulting from SCI.

Outcomes include:

1. Create an interactive online learning course that is widely accepted by water-sport National Governing Bodies for use in instructor credentialing programs as well as volunteer training
2. Publish an updated ACA Adaptive Paddling textbook
3. Create a video clip and photographic resources library for both projects during 2 ACA Adaptive Paddling Workshops (APW) (CHN: COandI chn:wdg)
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    1303 Specialist Studies In Education

  • RCDC

    Injury (total) Accidents/Adverse Effects

  • RCDC

    Injury - Trauma - (Head and Spine)

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