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Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity


Life-Changing Adaptive Therapy

Empowering people with disabilities and physical limitations through adapted physical therapy.

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Robbie Horwitz has multiple sclerosis. The disease caused him to rely on a walker to get around, until he came to CSUN’s Center of Achievement through Adapted Physical Activity.

“I’ve had MS for five years and I’ve gradually gotten better,” Robbie said. “A year ago, I had a walker and a cane, and now I don’t. It gives me hope for a healthier life.”

Hope is one word to describe the Center of Achievement, which houses the Brown Center for Adaptive Aquatic Therapeutic Exercise. The world-renowned Center of Achievement has been providing hope to people with disabilities and limited mobility and enhancing their quality of life for nearly 50 years. Through land- and aquatic-based rehabilitation exercise programs, CSUN graduate students work with clients on personalized therapies that improve clients’ strength, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance.

The Center of Achievement employs about 20 graduate students per semester, providing future professionals in rehabilitation with the highest quality educational and training experience. Students improve their clinical abilities to assess, design and implement therapeutic exercise programs by working with nearly 450 clients annually.

The center also is committed to providing evidence-based interventions and extending scientific knowledge to a larger community through clinical research. The unique combination of academic programs and service-learning opportunities, including the adapted therapeutic land exercise program and aquatic therapeutic exercise program has contributed to making the Center of Achievement one of the most successful programs in the nation.

Provide life-changing adaptative therapy to someone today. Your gift enables the center to reach more people by expanding operating hours and offering more programs to the community. Gifts also allow the center to purchase new equipment and provide important technology upgrades to stay on the cutting-edge of research.