We are very pleased to announce that funding for the (former) No Limits Program at UC Berkeley, now known as the Accessible Wellness and Empowerment Program (AWE) has been approved for the rest of the school year through June of 2020!
Rachel has assisted a group of incredible former No Limits participants over the past 7 months who have been leading efforts including writing/signing petitions, collaborating with other departments on campus, getting multiple articles published in local newspapers, and re-writing a joint proposal with the RSF to secure funding for the remainder of the school year.
We are very excited for the UC Berkeley students to have this program back and we will keep you updated with more details as we move into 2020!
Beginning in 2015, Kinley and Rachel started the No Limits Program at the Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) at the University of California, Berkeley with funding from the Wellness Fund. This program provided increased access to RecSports facilities, equipment, and one-on-one training at no extra cost for students with mobility, vision, hearing, or invisible disabilities. The No Limits Program consisted of:
RSF 101- a 45 minute session introduction which includes:
A personal tour of the facility and the No Limits room
Information about how different equipment works and how to use it
An overview of the programs that we have to offer
One-on-one sessions with students who have disabilities. These sessions took place in the No Limits room at the RSF which is home to specialized equipment including Pilates machines (Trapeze table, Reformer, Springboard), a standing frame, and a Galileo. Rachel and several other trainers worked closely with these students to develop an exercise program to meet the goals of each student.
One-on-one swimming sessions. These session took place at one of the beautiful outdoor pools on campus with Rachel and include water exercises, swimming lessons, or simply getting a student more comfortable with being in the water
Teaching and training the athletic trainers on staff on how to work with students with a variety of disabilities to provide high quality exercise
Developing and expanding current and future programs for students with disabilities
Providing expertise to administrators and staff for how to best address the needs of students with disabilities
If you are a current student with a visible or invisible disability, contact Rachel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any further questions. We would love to bring programs to your school!