Please see updates regarding COVID-19 and the impact to BORP programming, below. Check back here or the BORP Facebook Page regularly for more updates as this is a rapidly changing situation.
The City of Berkeley has opened up grant applications to support residents and businesses facing COVID-19 hardships. Application information available here:
In the current COVID-19 health crisis, people with disabilities are at double risk. The virus itself hits people with underlying conditions harder, and long-standing discrimination in our healthcare system means that people with disabilities are most likely to bear the burden of “rationing” measures that hospitals and providers will put into place.
Designed to print-at-home or download to your phone, DREDF and Disability Rights California (DRC)’s Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights sheets can help disabled people and family members assert and defend their rights to medical care. The information includes DRC’s toll-free number to call if you run into a problem with a hospital or doctor.
The Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights sheets (California Edition) should be printed at home or downloaded to your cell phone. Take it with you when you seek medical care.
The California Edition of the Know Your Disability Healthcare Rights sheets are currently available in English-Spanish (PDF) and English-Chinese (PDF). They will soon be available in English-Vietnamese, English-Tagalog, and English-Korean.
In order to protect participants from possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus, BORP has suspended all our Adventures and Outings programming until March 29. Please check this page, the BORP Facebook Page, or emails from BORP for any updates.
BORP’s mission is to serve individuals with physical disabilities and vision impairments. In the Fitness Studio we also serve many seniors and others with mobility impairments.
In order to protect the most vulnerable among us and due to the impossibility of guaranteeing a germ-free space, we have decided to take a break from all classes held in the studio from now through March 31st.
We will be assessing the current COVID 19 situation and will re-open when deemed appropriate. Please check the BORP Facebook page on news about when we plan to re-open. We look forward to welcoming participants back to the Fitness Center after we find our way through this community health challenge.
Through its Active Fund, the Kelly Brush Foundation provides grants for individuals with spinal cord injury to purchase adaptive sports equipment. Past awardees have purchased handcycles, monoskis, sport chairs, racing chairs, hockey sleds, and much more. Next deadline, March 31, 2020.
On January 25, the staff and students of Miramonte High School held a wheelchair basketball tournament to benefit BORP. Together, they raised over $8,000 to support BORP’s youth programs!
Big thanks to all of them, in particular Chris Lavdiotis, Skip Tague and Nicole Meredith! All of us here at BORP appreciate your hard work!
The BORP Jr. Road Warriors took 2nd place in this exciting wheelchair basketball tournament, Feb 8-9, involving 10 teams and 90 athletes from 6 states.
The Jr. Road Warriors had wins over Utah, and Rancho (Los Angeles) before suffering their first loss to Seattle. The bounce back game against ParaSport set them up for the rematch against Seattle in the final. Congratulations to Seattle for the win and the championship!
Several Jr. Road Warriors received academic honors, including Sage Burtis, Avery Dauer, and Ella Rodriguez. Ben Thornton was named to the All-Tournament Team.
The tournament marked the final home games for Ben Thornton and Garnett Silver-Hall. These amazing young athletes have been accepted into the University of Arizona and both will be playing basketball in Tucson next year. Congratulations Garnett and Ben!
Every year, 400+ youth and adults with disabilities use BORP’s Adaptive Cycling Center. To keep this amazing resource running, we need to raise $235,000 this year.
That’s why we’re launching the 2020 BORP Cycling Center membership drive. If you use the Center, or believe it’s a valuable place for our community, become a member today. Suggested annual membership is $100.
Everyone giving at the $100 level and above will receive a BORP Water Bottle when you next visit the Cycling Center.
Memberships are optional donations and we never turn away anyone for lack of funds.
The Center had limited winter opening hours, but starting March 3, it’ll be open Tuesdays, Thursdays (12-7) and Saturdays (9-4).