FUNFitness (Physical therapy) Volunteer

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA INC

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FUNfitness is the comprehensive physical therapy component of the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes initiative. It was developed for Special Olympics Healthy Athletes by the American Physical Therapy Association.

FUNfitness is designed to assess and improve flexibility, functional strength and balance; to educate participants, families and coaches about the importance of flexibility, strength and balance; and to provide a hands-on opportunity for participants to learn about physical therapy.

FUNfitness screenings are held year round in the Northeast Florida area.

Criteria for Clinical Director:

A licensed Physical Therapist and a willingness to be a part of the Inclusion revolution! You will work with athletes and individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Benefits of Helping Special Olympics Florida Special Smiles

  • Feeling good about helping an athlete overcome the fear of visiting a mental health professional
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of working together with a group of your fellow professionals
  • Having the ability of increasing the number of patients in your practice: your practice will grow once word gets around that you work with persons with intellectual disabilities
  • Receive free CEU’s for hours volunteered at Games depending on your agency, school or professional organization

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About SPECIAL OLYMPICS FLORIDA INC

Location:

40 E Adams Street, Suite LL15, Jacksonville, FL 32202, US

Mission Statement

Special Olympics Florida was founded in 1972 and is one of the largest volunteer-driven athletic organizations in the state. The mission of Special Olympics Florida is to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The ultimate objective of Special Olympics Florida is to help people with intellectual disabilities participate as productive and respected members of society at large.

Description

Healthy Community is a premier, health care delivery approach that focuses on the whole person with an intellectual or developmental disability and provides integrated health care coordination.

Good health is necessary for persons with an intellectual or developmental disability to secure the freedom to work, learn, and engage in their families and communities. The United States Surgeon General stated, "Individuals with a developmental disability are more likely to receive inappropriate and inadequate treatment, or be denied health care altogether. Children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities receive fewer routine health examinations, fewer immunizations, less mental health care, less prophylactic oral health care, and fewer opportunities for physical exercise and athletic achievement than do other Americans. Those with communication difficulties are especially at greater risk for poor nutrition, overmedication, injury, and abuse." Special Olympics International created Healthy Community in response to the U.S. Surgeon General call to action on the health care disparities for people with an intellectual or developmental disability.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

40 E Adams StreetSuite LL15JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL 32202

(30.32717,-81.65676)
 

SKILLS

  • Physical Therapy

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • One time 2 day training. After that, we ask that you commit to holding 1-2 events per year for three years.
  • Up-to-date license in Physical Therapy in Florida. Preferable to live in the Northeast Florida area.

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