PREMIER ADAPTIVE ICE SKATING PROGRAMS
TRANSCENDING ONE’S BARRIERS IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH ONE’S DREAMS
The Gliding Stars organization provides individuals with disabilities the opportunity to increase their personal potential through the development of ice skating skills in a regular program of instruction, utilizing our specialized adaptive equipment while practicing in their own local community.
The programs bring the magic of our excellent quality program to the people right in their communities. Our current programs are located in Hamburg, NY, Niagara Falls, NY, and Rochester, NY.
Our specialized equipment, developed over 48 years of experience, enable skaters with different, multiple and challenging disabilities to take safely to the ice.
Our uniquely designed adaptive ice skating equipment includes our own line of Learn-To-Skate walkers in three sizes, accommodating children as young as 18 months through fully grown adults. We have skaters who are over 6 feet 7 inches tall who have had great success with these.
Our Bar Seat Walkers are designed for those with weight bearing and mobility limitations, allowing skaters to sit on the bar seat as needed, which supports up to 300 pounds and is available in two sizes based on the height and arm span of the skater. This model works in conjunction with our Bar Seat Stabilizer for those with severe disabilities.
Our Sling Seat Walker is a non-weight bearing model for children or smaller adults. This model has height and weight limits.
Our specially-made ice skates include models for AFO, RGO, SMO orthotics, a Pronated model, and our Standard model featuring extra padding and superior structural support.
Our programs bring the healing and magic of Gliding Stars to their communities where a committed team of volunteers create the structure and support for the programs and participants to flourish on ice.
The magic happens when the blades hit the ice. Volunteer coaches inspire our skaters to embrace their challenges and to overcome them while having fun on the ice together. Growth is seen in overall health and confidence while participating in a recreational activity.
Communities are transformed by the process of pulling together and helping their neighbors challenged by disabilities. Volunteers are impacted on all levels of their being becoming more compassionate, kind, patient, understanding, and accepting. Through service and caring we are all transformed.