Group blows wind into sails of disabled

first_img Information about LETMESAIL is available by contacting Gary Spindt at [email protected] (661) 255-7609.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Advocates of Santa Clarita’s developmentally disabled have formed a new social group. LETMESAIL Inc. – an acronym for Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living – is a group for children and adults with developmental disabilities, cognitive delays and other special needs. Already 40 members have joined the group, which sponsors dances, parties and field trips, as well as educational programs and support-group meetings for parents. The founders of the nonprofit LETMESAIL are Gary Spindt and Don Zennie, both leaders in the local Special Olympics chapter founded nine years ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The number of local people with disabilities has grown over the years, but many parents of children with disabilities don’t believe enough programs exist to help their kids live to their full potential, organizers said. According to a recent survey conducted by LETMESAIL, these parents said they were desperate for quality supervised activities for children. The group’s goal is to offer supervised leisure time and recreational activities for the disabled to empower them to lead more independent, productive and healthy lives. “The enthusiasm of the parents and clients for this new organization was terrific,” Spindt said after a recent meeting. “The goal of LETMESAIL is to improve the quality of life for those people with disabilities by offering recreational and social activities, job training skills, and family support through educational programs.” Entertainer Kathy Buckley, a LETMESAIL board member, reminded the crowd at the meeting about the importance of the organization. She provided stories of frustration from her own childhood – having been born with a hearing impairment that wasn’t diagnosed until she was 8.last_img