WisconSibs Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the interests of the sisters and brothers of people with disabilities, is partnering with BEAMING Inc. on two projects. The first is focused on helping teenage siblings become stronger leaders at their Teen Sib Leadership Day.
The second opportunity is focused on children ages 6-12 as part of the WisconSib series called Sibshop where children learn to support one another and gain confidence to face challenges and celebrate joys of growing up with a sibling with disabilities. Campers will engage in daily horse activities.
In collaboration with area school districts, BEAMING works with special education personnel to identify students that will potentially benefit from BEAMING’S adaptive physical education and equine experiences. This is a six-week, spring/fall partnership serving elementary and middle school age students with differing abilities.
BEAMING offers private rides to groups of 4-5 riders of similar age and ability, ages 5 to adult. Rider challenges may include, but are not limited to autism, cognitive development, visual impairments, hemiplegia and/or degenerative central nervous system disorders. Participants are exposed to grooming, riding and 30 minute off-lesson.
BEAMING has offered Autism Camp to individuals in the Fox Valley since 2015 with excellent results. Camp is held annually in the summer with 2 sessions each day. The physical benefits of riding are undeniable for children with autism. Different sensory receptors are stimulated and children learn to move in new and exciting ways. Together with the emotional and cognitive benefits of equine assisted therapies, riding provides benefits to the whole individual, including body, mind and spirit.