Not all of our sailors have full use or strength of their arms or hands. Not all sailors have trunk control, where it is harder for them without all of their abdominal muscles to keep their upper body steady and upright. The KAPE Seat can be swapped into Martin16 sailboats quickly, and the back of the seat adjusted for the body type and sizing of the sailors with horizontal, vertical and angle adjustments. The feeling for the sailors is of more stability, they are safer and more confident.
DSAO obtained one KAPE Seat in 2016 via a donation, and it has been so popular and valued that the members would be excited to get two more. Previously the quadriplegic members would be strapped into place with a system that crisscrossed the deck. They really felt disabled, and it was hard to install for the staff. This seat system makes the quadriplegics feel supported, safe and comfortable, plus and most importantly, just like anyone else. We want to support quadriplegics and those with ALS.
Each seat is $750 each.
Can you help?
Please donate towards more confidence and stability of paraplegic and quadraplegics at DSAO.