Heather, who lives in a Bridgewell residence, has always dreamt of standing on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Recently, with the support of staff, her dream came true. Heather and staff member Rommie flew to Nashville where they took a guided tour of the Grand Ole Opry house, dined at the Hard Rock Café, visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and did hours of sightseeing and shopping. Heather was all smiles and is planning her next trip!
Geneva & Equine Assisted Therapy
“I feel like such a human being now compared to a cardboard cutout, which is what I felt before.”
You wouldn’t know it now, but not too long ago Geneva’s depression and anxiety kept her alienated and alone. A few years ago, a head injury left her susceptible to migraines.
Geneva attends Bridgewell’s Lowell Adult Day Treatment program and took part in an alternative therapy known as equine therapy. Equine therapy involves basic horsemanship skills such as grooming, feeding, haltering and leading a horse. The sessions are aimed at teaching boundaries, patience, emotion regulation and mindfulness skills.
Affiliated with the Massachusetts Chapter of Special Olympics, Bridgewell has had hundreds of athletes participate for over 40 years. Now, Team Bridgewell is expanding to give athletes more sport options and give more people the opportunity to participate. A basketball team is being formed this winter as well as a future flag football team for fall of 2020.
Featuring and filmed by young adults with autism, Amazingly Autistic! was a five-episode, public access television mini-series produced through Bridgewell’s Rosewood II Employment Program.
In addition to the team learning new skills as part of the filming and interviews, the purpose of this show was to raise awareness of the impressive employment experiences and unique personalities of people with autism possess.
The episodes highlight diverse employment and internship opportunities such as working at a bike shop, auto body repair center and local pizzeria.