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Amputee Coalition of America, ACA

The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies, and organizations.

Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics

The Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics is an association of professionals who are involved in clinics providing prosthetic-orthotic care for children with limb loss or orthopaedic disabilities.

The Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics, ACPOC, is a multidisciplinary professional organization striving to be the primary resource for prosthetic and orthotic care for children and adolescents with orthopedic impairment through team collaboration, education, and research.

College - loans and accommodations

This was sent to us to share with our HHF families. 

1. Fully accessible guide to paying for college for students with disabilities:

Paying for college is a complicated process that raises many questions and concerns, even more so for students with a disability.

2. Comprehensive guide that includes a table of contents for students to find the best scholarship for them with a detailed breakdown of each - along with other types of financial aid available and tips on how to obtain them:

Destiny's Ride - Equestrian Program in Western MA

Therapeutic Equestrian Program Striving to enrich the Lives of Many Step by Step. 

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Therapeutic Equestrian Program Striving to enrich the Lives of Many Step by Step. Open to all Riders ~ Traditional & Non-Tradition.sue No.
      Destiny's Ride
Fall's Newsletter
Back in the Saddle
What is Therapeutic Riding
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  • Community Resources for people with Autism ~ We would like to welcome our newest students from Community Resources for people with Autism ~ This is our 6th session with a new crew of 8 riders all learning to ride. We are already in full swing and everyone is doing Fantastic!!
  • Special Olympics ~ On October 16th Destiny's Ride & 3 of our riders were in attendance at the Special Olympics at Equus in Williamstown, Ma. We were all excited to have the opportunity to be part of the fun this year. It was a great afternoon filled with lots of smiles and laughter. We want to congratulate Buddy, Jake & Victoria you all did a Great job. We were proud of every rider that participated this year, and Special Thanks for Equus who did a Fantastic job in hosting the event this year.. Thank you Sandy and your wonderful team of volunteers
  • Volunteers Needed ~ We are in need of horse leaders and side walkers for the following days & times Sundays starting at 8:30 until 12:00 ~ Mondays 5:00-730 ~ Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 (sometimes until 6:00) ~ Friday's 4:30-6:00 Any help is greatly appreciated. Please contact Jodie at 413.717.5523 if you can help any of these days.
  • Room to Grow - As we prepare to grow the program to accommodate at least 50 students a week, and start a camp program next summer we are in search for a barn that will be able to accommodate up to 5 horses, with a tack-room and office / recreational area for indoor activities. We are still researching to begin a Veterans program within the next 2 years as well.



Dear Patti,
Welcome Back ~ We are back in full swing with our newsletters providing updates, volunteer opportunities and much more.. We have spent the last year growing our clientele, we welcomed King to our family who is an Appendix Quarter horse who is much taller than Cayden, in addition we have temporarily moved to Lanesboro, while we search for a location that will enable us to grow to accommodate more horses and riders. .
Warmest Regards,
Jodie O'Connell
Founder & Executive Director
Destiny's Ride Therapeutic Equestrian Program


What is therapeutic riding ~ and who can benefit from it?
One may ask What exactly is therapeutic riding, and Who can benefit from it? Therapeutic riding is an individualized program of learning to ride a horse which takes into account a person's physical, mental, and emotional strengths and limitations. Many people when they think of therapeutic riding, think of Autism, ADHD, Down's syndrome or even Cerebral Palsy. Most think that you need to have some form of physical, emotional, mental or social limitation in order to benefit from therapeutic horseback riding, when in fact it's the exact opposite.

Everyone benefits from horses. Whether you are just grooming them or you take a leisurely ride just to reconnect with yourself and the horse. A horse manifests many healing qualities which is why some will say that they feel fantastic after just being around them full of energy and vitality. I have ridden Cayden on days where I felt stressed and overwhelmed & it's like he took it all from me and I can face the world again fully refreshed and invigorated. So horseback riding is therapeutic for everyone!!

Come experience the wonderful world of horses either alone or with your best friend, we will customize your time with the horses to your liking, whether it be coming in to ride for the first time, or after many years since you last rode due to following your dream or raising a family, or maybe you would like the whole kit & caboodle with grooming, tacking up and turning them back out after a wonderful ride.

The choice is yours, but I hope you take the opportunity to discover horses and the wonderful healing they provide to each and every one of us

About Us
Destiny's Ride is a Massachusetts nonprofit organization currently persuing our 501 C3 status. We rely on the generous donations through In kind donations and sponsorships to help cover the overhead costs to provide a successful program to all those who want to discover the inner joy, peace, happiness & healing through the unspoken words of the horse.


E-Nable - free 3D prosthetic hands for kids
 e-NABLE is an international online community of volunteers, designing inexpensive 3D-printed hands and arms to children. e-NABLE is a great resource for people with limb differences.  Visit their website and learn of their great work so you can take advantage of their wonderful services. Their website is
E-Nable - free 3D prosthetic hands for kids
 e-NABLE is an international online community of volunteers, designing inexpensive 3D-printed hands and arms to children. e-NABLE is a great resource for people with limb differences.  Visit their website and learn of their great work so you can take advantage of their wonderful services. Their website is
Shriner's Hospital

Provides free prosthetics and corrective surgery to children from low to moderate income families.

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California

Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing surgical care and rehabilitation to children with congential conditions and complex medical needs regardless of the ability of the patient or family to pay.  Located just minutes from downtown Sacramento, the Northern California Shriners Hospital treats children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause, specialized plastic surgery needs, chest wall malformations, ano-rectal disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders and other complex surgical needs.  Our hosptial is a destination of choice for families throughout Northern California, the Western United States, Northwestern Mexico and Canada.  The course of care is determined individually for each patient. Each patient's path to success is fueled by private donations and driven by excellence in treatment, teaching and research.

Songs of Love Foundation - create a song for your child - free
The Songs of Love Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing personalized uplifting songsfree of charge, for children and teens currently facing tough medical, physical or emotional challenges.  Through our service, Songs of Love improves the mental and emotional health of not only that child, but also his or her family.  Often, families report that they see their child responding, smiling and laughing for the first time in months.  More than 27,000 songs of love have been created for as many children world-wide since the organization's inception in 1996.  Every song is 100% original and tailor-made based on the child’s interests and favorite music.  Each song is professionally produced in approximately 4-6 weeks and recorded onto a CD with printed lyrics as a keepsake; mp3 files are available as well. 
Requesting a Song of Love is easy!  Visit to request a song electronically or by printing a form that you can fax or send to us by mail.  Soon, you will be able to request a song through our Songs of Love Mobile App!!

Songs of Love was founded in 1996 by singer-songwriter, John Beltzer, who while walking down the street one day was inspired to create Songs of Love after the suicide of his twin brother, Julio, who was battling schizophrenia.  Julio had written and recorded a composition entitled “Songs of Love” just two months before he died.  Coming from a singer/songwriter background, John Beltzer had no formal training in the ways of the non-profit world. He had to rely totally on his instincts and his passion for his work to raise the necessary funds and develop public and private awareness of Songs of Love, which serves children throughout the U.S. and internationally.  

Songs of Love is the only organization of its kind in the world. Songs of Love has worked with over 350 professional singer/songwriter volunteers who bring “songs of love” – the “Medicine of Music™” – to seriously ill children nationwide and overseas. Its work has been featured on Hallmark Heroes with Regis Philbin, CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, ABC, NBC Dateline, the Today Show, NY1 and MSNBC, to name a few, and on radio, as well as in numerous print media including USA Today and The New York Times.
We are eager to write your child’s Song of Love!!


The Simple Dollar - U.S. Social Security Benefits at a glance
We found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. So, our team spent weeks reviewing the US Social Security Administration's documentation to develop our 2016 Disability Benefit Guide. This guide breaks down qualifications and the application process, as well as a provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits.

You can see the entire guide along with some of its features here:



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