Our Mission is to enrich the quality of life for people with special needs.
Our Vision is an environment in Bermuda where all members of the community can participate in and enjoy the activities of society.
is designed for individuals of any age and ability who are able to work at various levels of independence on site at WindReach. Our Life Skills Coordinator will work closely with the participants’ support staff (special education teachers, paras, aides, social workers, O.T.s etc) to ensure that individuals continue to achieve personal goals and develop their levels of independence as outlined in their Individual Education Plans (IEP) or Care/Discharge Plans.
Under the supervision of our Life Skills coordinator (Certified Occupational Therapist) individuals with special needs practice valuable skills needed for everyday life; the skills that we often take for granted. Research based evidence and the resources available on the WindReach property are used to engage our participants in meaningful and goal oriented activities. We work with a broad range of needs and abilities and develop goals based on their unique interests. Our primary aim is to engage our participants in WindReach’s vibrant community and assist them with functional life skills that will promote engagement in the larger community here island. We have a range of activities and resources on the property such as our community gardens, petting zoo, kitchens and nature trail.
Participants in this programme may come to WindReach as a group or as an individual. We do require all participants to attend with their support worker(s).
provides recreational and competitive sports opportunities to persons with disabilities and seniors. Therapeutic recreation is a purposeful intervention that uses recreation to bring about health restoration and has the potential to enhance health or produce high-level wellness.
Health promotion activities are critical for people with disabilities who can be prone to have a more inactive lifestyle and have more of a chance for under, over, or misuse of various muscle groups. As with all children and youth, being active is an important part of becoming and staying healthy. Those who feel "different" may struggle with self-esteem and confidence issues, so focusing on their abilities rather than their limitations can help them to feel better about themselves.
June 2015: Two of our boccia participants competed internationally in the BISFed World Open Championships in Poznan, Poland
August 2015: Two boccia para athletes joined one of our former participants as Team Bermuda headed to the Para Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. All of our athlete’s had stellar performances! Jessica Lewis (former participant) brought home the gold in 100m T53 Ladies track event!
October 2015: Our inclusive annual archery competition hosted over 50 participants including 16 with special needs. The ages of participants ranged from 5-70 yrs and we also had an amazing turnout from the Paget Primary – Autistic Spectrum Disorder students.
Four boccia para athletes competed in the BISFed World Open Championships in Cali, Colombia and one of the athletes, in his 1st International competition beat out the 11th ranked in the world!
Seniors and individuals living with dementia can become isolated and depressed. We reach them through activities that allow individuals to connect with others, or with a task, which improves quality of life and wellbeing. Participants can enjoy moments of fun and joy, and experience a sense of belonging. Being in an environment where all individuals feel respected and valued for who they are can help a person retain their sense of identity and feeling of self-worth. Supporting a person to express their feelings through art or music gives encouragement and reassurance, and can assist them in communicating their needs. It also allows individuals to do things at their own pace and in their own way which helps them retain their independence. Physical activities help maintain mobility as well as improve fitness and health levels.
Mary, who is reserved, very polite and poised lets go and slips back to another time when musician Tony Brannon strums his guitar. Mary herself was a performer and singer and we often find Mary mouthing words of familiar songs.
Quote from Mary’s daughter:
Our mother, Mrs. Mary Cabral, has been attending the Seniors’ Programme at WindReach since the spring of 2015. She has dementia, of which the onset occurred in 2013. We find that the Seniors’ Programme, (the music therapy, visiting the animals and various other activities) truly enhance the quality of her daily existence. Plus, the interaction with other seniors is a wonderful opportunity for social engagement. The seniors programme really helps to keep her engaged in the moment. May I also add that the staff are terrific! Paige, in particular, has such a wonderful way with the elderly. I cannot say enough about how much the programme means to my mom or to us. Thank you!!
A typical lesson involves safety on and around horses, warm up exercises, games and riding skills including equitation and obstacle. All riders wear an ASTM-SEI approved helmet and use standard English tack or equipment specially adapted to their needs.
The horses at WindReach are an integral part of the Therapeutic Riding
programme. The Canadian Association for Therapeutic Riding (CanTRA) states that a well-trained therapy horse moves in a rhythmic, symmetrical and organized way. Each step the horse takes provides strong sensory and physical input in many dimensions including up and down; side to side; and back and forth. By asking for variations in these movements the instructor gains results that cannot be achieved by a machine or duplicated in a clinical setting.
Improved self confidence, increased interest in the outside world, increased risk taking abilities. In addition, it develops skills of patience, emotional control and self discipline; enhances friendships, communication and enjoyment and develops respect and affection for animals.