TOGETHER, WE DO GREAT THINGS
To best serve our participants with disabilities and chronic illness, we partner with organizations that help us take our understanding and programming to new levels. These collaborations help us do more than ever!
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
The Woodlands’ 2012 partnership with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP), including the appointment of Dr. Jason M. Edinger, Clinical Director, Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, CHP, as The Woodlands’ Medical Director, has provided the basis for the ongoing development of additional programs and collaborations. Two programs launched in 2014 in partnership with CHP, Camp Inspire, a one-week residential program for children who are ventilator dependent; and the BLOOM Program (Building Lifestyles for Ongoing Opportunities and Movement), a transitional life skills program for adolescents with and without disabilities, continue to grow in both scope and size.
The EFWCP uses The Woodlands as the site for their Camp Firefly program, a residential weekend program for children and teens between the ages of 11 and 18 who have an active diagnosis of epilepsy or seizure disorder as well as an intellectual disability.
Utilizing The Woodlands’ fully accessible par-3 golf course, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America’s Helping Our Patriots Everywhere (HOPE) program offers golf as a therapeutic rehabilitation tool for military veterans. The inaugural August and September 2017 sessions included 13 veterans representing the Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan Wars. PGA professional instructors work with participants on a 5:1 ratio to ensure active engagement and skill assistance. Plans to expand the program are underway.
During the academic year, The Woodlands will serve as one of the host sites for The Pittsburgh Youth Golf Foundation’s program for students with disabilities from the Pittsburgh Public Schools. This engaging program invites more young golfers than ever, at varying age and ability ranges, to experience hands-on golf tutorials and fun rounds with other students on our adapted 9-hole, par-3 golf course.
Autism Society of Pittsburgh
For more information about the Autism Society of Pittsburgh, visit autismsocietypgh.org.