The anticipated Adapted Equipment Loan Program is ready to get started! Multiple barriers can stand in the way of fitness and leisure for persons with disabilities. One such barrier is access to specialized equipment that will meet their needs. Not only is the equipment specialized, it’s expensive. This program hopes to decrease barriers to participation in sport and recreation by offering free equipment that will open up opportunities for physical activity. We hope this will be the beginning of many supports we can bring to this population.
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland has several pieces of equipment that will be available to residents of Cumberland County to borrow. They include:
Cumberland County has TWO of these PFD-A lifejackets available for use. They are being housed at the YMCA and are available for use there, or for loan. Both jackets will accommodate users from 90-190lbs (large).
They are intended to help people with lying on their back (floating horizontally). Regular PFDs would allow someone to float, but these PFDs provide extra head support, so that when floating the head does not dip into the water.
This lifejacket supports the upright position for those with limited to no core strength, balance and/or trunk control. It allows the user to float vertically in the water and experience the water in a different way than in a regular PFD.
Cumberland County has FIVE of these Lj-A jackets available for use. They are being housed at the YMCA and are available for use there, or for loan. They are in varying sizes, accommodating users from 30lbs – 250lbs.
Swimming is the sporting discipline most practiced by individuals with mobility issues since it allows the individual to use their motor abilities in a weightless situation.
With the Pool Hippocampe, individuals can move freely about the pool without using their standard wheelchair or getting it wet, avoiding hygiene problems relating to having outside wheelchairs near pools.
The YMCA received the funding for this through our joint efforts, and it will remain as a YMCA pool wheelchair, and not be available for loan, though it will be available for use for anyone visiting the YMCA.
This bike is built for people up to 225 lbs. There is a lap belt and a torso belt as well for trunk support. The seat and handlebars are adjustable to various heights and comfort levels.
This bike is designed for individuals with limited to no mobility, balance issues, as well as for those who feel more comfortable on something more stable than a two wheeled bicycle.
A steering handle is on the rear (optional use), and it functions very easily. The bicycle has direct drive, so the pedals turn and the person in the seat gets a workout no matter what.
Our most recent acquisition is the Terrier Trike. This rugged bike is made for children from the age of 4 ½ years. This bicycle has adjustable back/trunk support, it has foot sandals with a pulley system, and a lap belt. It also has a rear steering system, which is optional depending on the level of ability the child has.
This bicycle would also be intended for those with limited to no mobility, as well as those with balance issues, and possibly even some sensory issues. This bicycle is suitable for children with a max weight of 100 lbs. It is currently at the Municipal office, but it is unclear where its future home will be.
This Loan program is a new initiative for individuals with disabilities and their families. Families, schools, and community groups have the opportunity to try a variety of equipment to experience new leisure pursuits.
Our committee is set up with the following partners:
For more information about the Municipality of the County of Cumberland's Adapted Equipment Loan program please contact Vicki Weaver, Recreation and Physical Activities Coordinator.