The Plainview-based Association for Children with Down Syndrome plans to hold its annual canoe race on Aug. 14.
The race will feature about 35 adults who participate in ACDS programs — some are residents of ACDS group homes, others live at home. The service agency works with people who have Down syndrome, autism or other developmental disabilities.
The race is set to be held at the Baldwin Boat Basin off Atlantic Avenue, near the border of Freeport and Baldwin.
Participants are paired with volunteers and have trained for six weeks, Erica Lepurage, recreation coordinator for ACDS, said in a statement.
Linda Sperber, ACDS’ director of community support, said the event helps its clients become “part of the community.” She added: “It’s just the opportunity to participate in something, and to participate in people’s lives.”
The race, which is about 100 yards long, begins at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.
Above: Tania Laterea, left, a resident of an Association for Children with Down Syndrome (ACDS) group home, sits in a daycare class. (June 30, 2011)