If I’ve learned one thing this past year, it is how essential it is to look after our own health and wellbeing.
Many of us found ways of getting some exercise and keeping up with a self-care routine, maybe jogging through the park or a moment to meditate. Chances are, it wasn’t too much trouble to adjust.
Yet, for persons with disabilities, these options and opportunities are in short supply. A lack of barrier-free and inclusive spaces for health and wellness activities is a challenge, and everyday activities like going for a walk outside can present obstacles that most people don’t think twice about.
Good health and wellbeing for Albertans of all abilities is possible. A gift today of anything you can manage is greatly appreciated. By choosing to support Vecova, a local charity, you’ll be improving local lives. Let me tell you how.
Vecova’s Aquatics, Health and Fitness programming has been a vital part of our work for over half a century, providing an inclusive, welcoming environment that positively impacts the wellbeing of every person who comes through our doors.
Take for example Kristy and her young son Brock, who was diagnosed with a nonverbal form of autism spectrum disorder. Brock takes weekly swim lessons at Vecova’s barrier-free facility in an adaptive swim program, specially designed to provide a safe and inclusive environment where participants can feel a sense of belonging and enjoyment through swimming.
“Getting into the water with people who know him, and instructors who are experienced working with kids with developmental and physical disabilities, it's a godsend,” said Kristy.
“Everybody's equal in that pool and they know it. They absolutely know it.”