Charitable organization in Cascais, helping handicapped children through riding therapy.
Riding for the Disabled (Associação Hípica Terapeutica, IPSS) in Cascais started operating in 1989 and is now a registered Portuguese charity. It aims to provide horse riding activities in a safe, controlled environment to handicapped children and young adults in order to develop their physical and intellectual potential to the highest possible degree through a stimulating, novel activity otherwise unavailable to them.
RDA sessions take place every week-day morning for some 80 youngsters from institutions and local schools.
The Association owns four suitably trained horses, stabled at the Real Clube de Campo D. Carlos I in Areia, Cascais, where its custom built riding school and other facilities are located.
About 30 volunteers participate in the activities and are a vital element towards guaranteeing safety and full enjoyment. A riding instructor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and special needs teachers make up the therapeutic team responsible for designing and implementing the riding plan.
For funding the Association relies on:
- support from its members (€30,00 yearly subscription)
- contributions from parents (€25,00 per month)
- fundraising activities and donations.
You can help by:
- becoming a member,
- sponsoring a horse (€4.000,00 per year)
- sponsoring a rider (€600,00 per year)
- volunteering as a helper.