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Triad on the trails

Adaptive recreational equipment available for use during Triad on the Trails Aug. 7

Try out adaptive cycles, kayaks, or running chariots and complete your 1st Mile along the Erie Canalway Trail during a special activity set for Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cedar Bay Park in DeWitt. A group walk—ride or roll—will begin at 11 a.m.

Children and families from the Golisano Center for Special Needs and others in the disability community will gather for a fun day of inclusive outdoor recreation. The activity will feature adapted equipment that is available from AccessCNY’s Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disability (TRAID) lending library, a free resource for durable medical equipment. 

This event for people of all abilities is brought to you by Golisano Center for Special Needs’ Fitness Inclusion Network and AccessCNY’s TRAID Center. 

The Golisano Center for Special Needs at Upstate Medical University is an umbrella of initiatives focused on 1) providing comprehensive, coordinated and scientifically-based medical and behavioral clinical care for children and adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD); 2) educating the next generation of I/DD practitioners; 3) research to understand the root genetic causes of disabling conditions and pioneering new ways to treat challenging behaviors, and 4) promoting inclusive fitness and active, healthy lifestyles for children and adolescents with I/DD through collaborative programs with educational and community- based organizations.

The TRAID Center at AccessCNY is a free lending library for the community that features durable medical equipment and assistive technology. TRAID is actively working with community partners to include more adaptive recreation equipment to the library such as adapted cycles and kayaks. An inclusive community involves having people with disabilities included in all aspects of life, whether at home, school, work or play.

“The revitalization of the Erie Canal based around recreation and I Love NY's Accessible Tourism campaign is a symbolic meeting of a rich history with a progressive future. The Canalway Corridor is an incredible resource that provides the Syracuse area with an accessible trail near lush green space. Our hope for the TRAID on the Trails event is to open more opportunities for people with disabilities to discover the trail and try out adaptive equipment, grow confidence, and bolster communities statewide, “ said Peyton Sefick, inclusive recreation specialist, Golisano Center for Special Needs, and project coordinator at the Fitness Inclusion Network.

“This fun event is focused on ability and wellness for children with disabilities, said, Nienke P. Dosa, MD, MPH, developmental pediatrician at Golisano Center for Special Needs. "Join us”

For more information on the Aug. 7 event, email sefickj@upstate.edu.

TRAID on the Trails is an official 1st Mile Canalway Challenge event. The Canalway Challenge invites you to discover all you can do along New York’s canals and trails. Set your personal mileage goal and walk, run, ride, roll, or paddle to achieve it. The Canalway Challenge is for people of all abilities. Begin with your 1st Mile or sign up for more. The program is free and runs through October. www.CanalwayChallenge.org For