Please download the application for the 2014 summer HERE
For the 12th consecutive summer, The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation will sponsor an AccesSportAmerica water sports program for children on the autism spectrum at the Mass Hospital School in Canton* and at Spaulding Rehab in Boston. This adaptive program will offer 50 children and adults with autism the opportunity to take part in windsurfing, Hawaiian outrigger canoeing, surfing, water-skiing and more!
Since 2002, hundreds of individuals with autism have taken part in this wonderful summer program co-sponsored by the Flutie Foundation. AccesSportAmerica's highly trained staff provide the attention that a person with autism needs in order to succeed and, most importantly, have fun!
"My son had the time of his life! I couldn't believe, at 8 years old, he was literally wind-surfing independently! He was so empowered and excited! I have never seen him so proud of himself! Thank you so much!" - Parent of 2009 Fun in the Sun participant.
Formally founded in 1995, AccesSportAmerica's water sports program is completely safe while bringing out incredible physical and cognitive gains with all participants. AccesSportAmerica's executive director, Ross Lilly, has been adapting and teaching water sports for over 20 years to people of all dis/abilities. These "high challenge" sports bring out more focus and higher physical function than ever imagined and the program is great fun for all ages. Various sessions are available, running from June through August. Sign up and discover something new in sport and in your child. AccesSportAmerica will work with any child or adult and parent participation is encouraged! Stable platforms and rigs are used to make all comfortable - if one doesn't want to get wet, they won't. In addition, the instructor to participant ratio is often 1 to 1 or better!
* The Reservoir Lake at Massachusetts Hospital School is directly behind the school complex with the benefits of staff and care services. This is a safe, isolated lake, in which AccesSportAmerica is often the sole user.