Recognizing the 26th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

 Recognizing The  26th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

A message from Laurel Labdon, Honorary Chair of Sail Cape Cod’s ‘SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program:

“July 26th marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA.  It was, and still remains, groundbreaking legislation seeking to provide and protect equal rights and access for people with all levels of disabilities...whether it be physical, mental, emotional or behavioral.  As with all legislation it is far from perfect.  Enforcement can be subjective and hard to implement, and, of course, there are just some things that cannot be mandated by any law no matter how valuable they are to the disabled community.  That is where programs like ‘SeaLegs’ come in!  While there is no legal obligation for a program like Sail Cape Cod to include an adaptive component to their schedule, it soon became clear that to truly achieve the mission of providing access to the water and the sport of sailing to all an adaptive element to the fleet must be included.  As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the ADA we must also celebrate the organizations that recognize the inevitable imperfections of such a sweeping civil rights law and seek to abide by the spirit of the law even when no legal obligation exists.  Sail Cape Cod is proud to be one of those organizations that recognized that the disabilities community was not being included in community sailing programs on Cape Cod and was proud to launch ‘SeaLegs’ and put the first adaptive sail boat, Lila, in the water in 2015.  As we work to expand our fleet next summer we hope every town, business and community organization celebrates the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not only abiding by the law but going beyond it and providing true access for all as Sail Cape Cod and ‘SeaLegs’ is so proud to do.”

"Gone Sailin'..."

Youth Sailing
June 27-August 19 consisting of one-week lesson blocks (5 classes, held Mon-Fri). for $125.00 per week. Scholarship opportunities are available based on need. Learn More >     This program is for students who are both new to sailing and those who have some sailing experience. The goals are to have fun and to learn and/or build upon the basics of sailing.
Adult Sailing
Offered weekday evenings from June to August on Monday-Friday from 5:30-7:30pm, and designed to provide beginners with a basic working knowledge of sailing. Learn More >  

Our goals of the program are for participants to: Have fun, Be safe, Gain confidence.

Cape Cod’s Own Adaptive Sailing Program

In partnering with local disabilities organizations, we have provided sailing opportunities for 200+ individuals with intellectual, cognitive & developmental challenges. Learn More >

 

By launching its ‘SeaLegs’ Adaptive Sailing Program, Sail Cape Cod will now create opportunities for individuals with disabilities to help them overcome adversity through therapeutic sailing.

 

 

 

Community Outreach Programs
Our Outreach programs are based on a collaborative effort with non-profit organizations, area schools, local government, and the business community. Learn More >   Sail Cape Cod is looking to expand its adaptive outreach program to include sailing opportunities for physically disabled individuals, both youth and adult.
P.O. Box 1954, Hyannis, MA 02601
The mission of Sail Cape Cod is to improve the quality of life in the community through enjoyment of and connection with the sea, particularly through sailing opportunities and to provide access to recreational, educational and outreach programs for people of all ages, socio-economic backgrounds, and physical, intellectual and developmental abilities, without limitation. Read More >