Horse Therapy for Kids with Disabilities Receives Donation

By: Kainani Stevens

kstevens@abc6.com

A unique therapy program that uses horses to help children with disabilities is getting a much–needed donation.The equine-assisted therapy program that helps Providence area students with disabilities.
"They feel empowered and they're much more confident,” explained program founder Dina DeAngelis. “I think they're more engaged and they feel more confident to participate in school.”
This program which is vital to many students received a much–needed donation today from great clips salon. The $500 check will be used to expand the program and help more children with both mental and physical disabilities.
"We'll be able to purchase some much needed equipment for the students and hire additional therapists."
Occupational therapists as well as Providence police officers volunteer their time in the barn. The Providence School System and Recreation Department are also involved.DeAngelis is hopeful this donation will help jump start their fundraising efforts.
"We are looking to expand the program to at least 12 students a week. Currently we see six students a week, so the money we see from Great Clips will definitely move us in the right direction."
DeAngelis estimates they will need $10,000 to make the 6–week program a year–long activity.
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