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Reach High

Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Reach High provides information, resources and opportunities to people with physical challenges, enabling them to make informed decisions about health, lifestyle and medical choices. The program also raises awareness within the broader community about physically challenged people. Ultimately, the program aims to change perceptions and inspire people with physical challenges to realize and reach for their dreams.

Program Description:

Resource and Referral — Everyday CAF receives dozens of inquiries from physically challenged individuals seeking help. Many feel that they are alone and without hope. CAF staff works with these recent amputees, paraplegics and future challenged athletes to help them feel "whole" again, while providing them with the resources and referrals — including other agencies, associations, services, prosthetic companies, and physical rehabilitation programs that work collaboratively with CAF — who can help them rebuild their lives.

Education — CAF athlete spokespersons participate in exhibitions and speaking engagements at schools, youth groups, community service groups, athletic clubs and corporations. Through their testimony and their personal example, they change perceptions about the "disabled." They also educate, inspire and "raise the bar" for the kids, teens and adults they address. Additionally, CAF reaches out to the broader community delivering the CAF message at prominent athletic event across the United States.

It's hard to believe that not even a year ago I was laying in a hospital bed without my limb not knowing where to turn next. I'm incredibly appreciative that I now know so many people in the athletic community who face the same challenges that I do.

— Denise Castelli, 23-years-old, below knee amputee