Josiah Metz cherishes his time with his horse, Ruby every week. He has worked with her for about a year now. Their time together is all thanks to the Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy, or NEAT program, which promotes growth and learning through work with horses. Ruby is helping Josiah focus with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
"Get the reins over her head and let's get her out to the arena," instructs NEAT Director, Laurie Roberts. She says this program gives people of all ages self-confidence, even before they mount their horse. Once they are saddled in, she says social, emotional and behavioral development continues. "Chin up, Josiah. Look where you're going."
There is no greater joy than riding for Josiah and seeing his progress warms his mother's heart, too. "It's really helped him build his confidence." Amy Auerbach says NEAT is one of many resources available to people with developmental disabilities, like her son. Sadly, she notes, many families don't know where to find them. So, Amy stepped up to help. She started Northern Nevada Disability Access. "It is a website to help people with disabilities find the services they need in northern Nevada."
Amy has been working on the website for two years now, which includes an events calendar, links and phone numbers to dozens of services. The start-up was all out of pocket and done on her own time, but Amy says this one-stop-shop website is desperately needed. You will find dozens of programs, like NEAT, at www.nnvdisabilityaccess.com.
Amy hopes to expand the website as well and is looking for sponsorships. Click on the link above for her contact information.
Written by Kristen Remington