The people who come to High Hopes represent all ages and backgrounds.
The majority of our participants are between the ages of 3 and
14, some are in their 80’s. Most participants
have varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological and
sensory disabilities. There is no “typical” High
Hopes participant, as programs are designed to benefit individuals
with a wide variety of disabilities.
The primary disabilities include autism, attention deficit disorder,
traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, spina
bifida, developmental delay, mental retardation, visual and hearing impairments, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy
and amputation. Many of the children and adults we serve
young people from inner cities have learning or behavioral disabilities. Our summer camp program provides an
opportunity for an inclusive equestrian day-camp experience
for children. We also serve our community
school programs, field trips and experiential
learning opportunities provided on-site through our outreach
Our participants come to us from special-education classes at
local schools, as referrals from physicians, social service agencies,
group homes, rehabilitation or vocational training centers,
and through individual referrals by other participants. Our goal
is to offer our programs to everyone who can benefit from them,
regardless of financial means, and to make direct scholarships available
to those who need them.