Our Riders are referred from special needs units within schools. Please note: We are unable to accommodate private riders.
What is an Intellectual Disability? An individual whose learning is slower and often different, that prevents or inhibits them developing the range of cognitive, physical and social skills usually found in a person of the same age.
Riding Programmes: Each Rider has their own individualised programme that they are riding towards. Before riding begins, a Rider must:
- complete a referral request and send this to their nearest RDA group
- provide a medical certificate from their doctor
- Sign an agreement that allows them to ride, which includes a consent and medical release
- Undergo a therapist’s assessment.
South Auckland Riding for the Disabled caters for children who are physically challenged with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, or stroke, or have visual and hearing impairment; or
- Have intellectual disabilities or multiple disabilities; or
- Have learning disabilities
- (Please Note: South Auckland RDA does not provide riding for adults)
Achievements / Benefits: Our Riders attend riding to achieve a specific goal, whether it is therapeutic, educational, sporting or recreational.
Riding develops, improves and promotes:
- balance and co-ordination, posture and muscle tone
- concentration, self-discipline and self-esteem
- perception and spatial awareness
- communication and social skills
- independence and encourages decision making