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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services

Mission: AquAbility develops independence and ability, enhances health and fitness, increases self-esteem, and improves quality of life for people with disabilities.

Results: AquAbility is a non-profit corporation committed to providing therapeutic recreation through swimming for people with a variety of physical challenges. The goals of AquAbility are to foster physical, and cognitive benefits, raise self-esteem, promote fitness, encourage and cultivate social interaction, improve quality of life, and to allow for in creased independence for adults and children with disabilities. AquAbility is a designated Paralympic Sports Club, a division of U.S. Paralympics, and a Chapter of Disabled Sports, USA. Within a caring, nurturing environment, individuals with various challenges learn to swim independently and/or train under experienced coaching, reaping all the benefits and rewards that this sport affords. For many disabled people, swimming is the only activity they can do without any kind of assistance. This is a priceless freedom. AquAbility is available to people of all ages who are challenged by a variety of permanent physical restrictions which limit their activities, including but not limited to: paralysis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, visual impairment, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, amputations, spinal cord injuries, brain injury, developmental disability, Autism, and Down Syndrome. AquAbility elevates the activity of swimming beyond the concepts of physical therapy. Swimming is unique. It provides a neutral gravity aerobic training environment to all individuals. AquAbility recognizes the vital importance of the benefits associated with regular training and exercise: body awareness, muscle and aerobic conditioning, self-esteem through benchmarked progressive challenges.

Target demographics: children, adults and veterans with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 150 children and adults with disabilities of all kinds = 2500 sessions

Geographic areas served: Idaho

Programs: AquAbility therapeutic aquatic programs enhance health, develop independence, increase self-esteem, and improve quality of life for people with disabilities. AquAbility is a Paralympic Sport Club and a chapter of Disabled Sports USA.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Barbara251

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter at the time was only 15 months old, she has Downs Sundrome and this program has helped her reach so many milestones! She is now 3 and about to walk, loves swimming and has learned so much from this group! I would recommend anyone to do this!

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 2.5 year old has downs and this program has helped sensory wise as well as therapy wise!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son with autism has seen so many benefits from aquability. Some include: body awareness, communication, confidence, strength and motor refinement. We absolutely love this program!

Carla39

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter's life changed so much when we found this program. She has cerebral palsy and is always so tight. Swimming with Aquability has given her the chance to relax those muscles. I cannot recommend this program enough. It was a blessing for us.

Jenn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been swimming with Aquability for a little over a year and a half and I can't say enough good things about this program! Being in the water is absolutely magical for him. It calms him like nothing else and the constant use of different tools in the pool help him so much. Being able to swim is just a happy side effect of this program, because we've been given so much more! I have a happier, more regulated child and we have formed so much more than friendships...we have a little family here. We LOVE Aquability!

Jennifer590

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter came from China one year ago and started doing Aquability this summer. It was her first experience in a pool since she lived in an orphanage her whole life and is paralyzed. She gained so much confidence and was able to move her body in ways she had never imagined, making her "land life", that much more mobile! Swimming in this program has given her a new way to exercise and has helped keep her body healthy in many ways. Thank you Aquability for giving my daughter access to something new which is helping to improve her quality of life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are so delighted to have found AquAbility and so wish we would have found them years ago. This amazing program is the highlight of my special needs daughter's week. She knows all the instructors by name and the freedom of movement she feels while in the water shines through her happy face. We are so grateful for Karen's dedicated efforts and for the difference she and her handpicked staff are making in the lives of our children. Every week I see improvement in not only my child but also those others around us also taking a one on one class with the AquAbility staff. The pool is full of happy faces where Abilities are encouraged and are thriving in the water. Thank you AquAbility!!!!!

1 Christine184

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my kids take lessons with Aquability. After years of adaptive lessons with other organizations they are finally making great progress. They enjoy going and it really has been great!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured in my teenage years and had been living with partial paralysis for about thirty-five years. I was active in biking with handcycles but, was looking for another sport to carry through the winter months. Began swimming with the AquAbility program roughly four years ago to see if was even possible for me to swim independently. Admittedly, is was a struggle the fist few months but, with a lot of coaching and pool time we were able to figure out a system. My swimming has progressed to the point where I have participated in masters meets and have done a few open water swim events.
I have continued to swim with the program twice a week since the beginning. I enjoy the camaraderie of fellow swimmers and the cardio conditioning that comes from swimming with a body that doesn't function properly.
I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to explore new avenues in health and conditioning!
Jet Turner

1 Kerri11

Client Served

Rating: 5

The staff and director are exemplary. When we first brought our little girl to AquAbility her muscles were so tight it was difficult to get her to extend her arms or open her hands. Thru the diligence and commitment that AquaAbility provides she now fully extends and is starting to even try to swim a little bit. We don't know what we would do without Karen Morrison and her amazing staff!

1 Terri74

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has gained so much confidence since he has been with AquAbility. He's able to swim without fear.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Aquability is a wonderful program. Karen is a real professional, and is committed to meeting children at their ability level and helping them progress and learn and achieve, no matter what their challenges may be.

1 Cathy113

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has benefited with increase confidence and is learning the very important skill of swimming. She loves attending her AquAbilities lessons and has fun. All of the staff is fantastic and have caring hearts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I never thought my visually impaired son with cerebral palsy would have any skills as a swimmer. Aquability proved me wrong! My son Kellen not only learned skills as a swimmer but very nearly could swim the width of the pool at 4 years of age. Swimming enabled him to gain more muscle control and self confidence he couldn't have gained any other way. All of the instructors were incredible and I will always be grateful for the gift they gave my son that will last throughout his life.