Cottage Program for Spinal Cord Injury

The Cottage Program provides a unique camp experience to Spinal Cord Rehab patients from Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre.

To inspire greater life possibilities, each summer Spinal Cord Rehab patients and clinical staff members visit the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre for the opportunity to heal body, mind and spirit. This facility is 12.5 acres of prime waterfront property, which has fully accessible cottages, grounds and trained staff.

In photo: Blaise Mutware (left) was one of 18 participants in the summer 2015 Cottage Program. He is shown here trying an adaptive bike with Therapeutic Recreation Student, Ivor Chan.

While participating in the camp, both current and recently discharged patients are encouraged to try adapted equipment while enjoying outdoor activities in a safe and supportive environment. Activities offered include waterfront pursuits like sailing, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, and a variety of land-based activities such as hand cycling, mountain biking, outdoor shuffleboard, archery, barbequing and more.

View this video featuring participants in the 2012 program.

Watch how the Cottage Program helped Kristen Cameron make a comeback

Program evaluation has demonstrated that there are a number of therapeutic benefits.  Participants build confidence and experience significant gains in disposition and self-esteem.

The cost of each patient participant is approximately $2,300 and includes registration fees, accommodation, food, special transportation, special equipment rental, medical supplies, and support staff.

The Cottage Program is funded entirely by Toronto Rehab Foundation donors - turning possibilities into reality for our Spinal Cord Rehab patients.

For information about supporting next summer’s Cottage Program, please contact Arlene Manankil-Boyce at 416-597-3422 ext. 3545 or arlene.boyce@uhn.ca.