SPECIAL STRIDES IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEVOTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. WITH A UNIQUE COMBINATION OF THERAPY, HORSES, AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT, INDIVIDUALS ACHIEVE GOALS FOR THERAPY, RECREATION AND EDUCATION. SPECIAL STRIDES PROVIDES ALL INDIVIDUALS AN OPPORTUNITY TO "IMPROVE THEIR LIVES ONE STRIDE AT A TIME", REGARDLESS OF FINANCIAL STATUS.
118 Federal Rd
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)
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IN 2018, SPECIAL STRIDES, INC., A PATH PREMIER CENTER, PROVIDED APPROXIMATELY 3,700 PHYSICAL THERAPY (PT), OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (OT), SPEECH THERAPY (ST) AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSIONS, RIDING OR DRIVING LESSONS OR EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS FOR OUR 140 CLIENTS WITH A VARIETY OF DISABILITIES. FIFTY-SIX PERCENT OF THE CLIENTS RECEIVE INTERVENTION FROM LICENSED PTS, OTS, SLPS AND MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS WITH SPECIALIZED TRAINING MIXING TRADITIONAL THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS, AS WELL AS THE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS OF HORSES, THE MOTION AND EMOTION, IN A NATURAL ENVIRONMENT TO PROVIDE THERAPY. FORTY-FOUR PERCENT OF THE CLIENTS PARTICIPATE IN ADAPTIVE RIDING AND DRIVING AND EQUINE FACILITATED LEARNING. CERTIFIED INSTRUCTORS ADAPT THEIR TEACHING METHODOLOGY TO TEACH INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO ENGAGE IN A RECREATIONAL OR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY.
IN 2004, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS TOOK A POWERFUL STEP TOWARDS MEETING IT'S OF SPECIAL STRIDES INC.'S TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUALS WITH LIFE CHALLENGES THERAPY, RECREATION AND EDUCTION TO ENABLE THEM TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL. TO THIS END, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ESTABLISHED THE STEVEN WERTHAN MEMORIAL FUND TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THOSE IN NEED OF OUR SERVICES AND PROGRAMS. IN 2018, TWO-THIRDS OF OUR 140 CLIENTS WERE GRANTED OVER $140,000 IN FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.
VOLUNTEERISM IS INTEGRAL TO THE FUNCTIONING OF ALL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS AT SPECIAL STRIDES. VOLUNTEERS ASSIST AS THERAPY AIDES, SIDEWALKERS, HORSELEADERS, OFFICE ADMINISTRATORS AND FUNDRAISERS. OVER ONE HUNDRED INDIVIDUALS ARE TRAINED ANNUALLY TO PERFORM DIRECT SERVICES (THERAPY AIDES AND HORSELEADERS). IN 2018, MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED TEENAGE LEADERS LEARNED PHILANTHROPY AND EVENT PLANNING AND HELPED RAISE OVER $70,000. ORGANIZATIONALLY, THIS REQUIRES A VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, VOLUNTEER EDUCATOR AND TEEN FUNDRAISING SUPERVISOR. SPECIAL STRIDES VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT ONLY OUR BRIDGE TO THE COMMUNITY HELPING FULFILL COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENTS, BUT PROVIDING FUTURE OCCUPATIONAL EXPERIENCE/EXPOSURE THROUGH MENTORSHIP.
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