Program Partners

Achilles works with a number of service organizations to help their clients improve their health and fitness and have the opportunity to achieve.

Program Partners:

Helen's Angels - Handcycle Program at Helen Hayes Hospital
The Adaptive Sports Program at the Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY (Rockland County) conducts handcycle clinics and organizes rides several times each year. For more information, contact Matt Castelluccio, Adaptive Sports Coordinator and Patient Mentor at or phone him at 845-786-4950.

IWD (Initiative for Women With Disabilities)
IWD helps empower young women with disabilities in partnership with the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases/Langone Medical Center. Weekly workouts in Stuyvesant Square Park across the street from the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases (2nd Ave and East 17th Street), Mondays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. This program runs in the spring between April and June in preparation for Hope & Possibility.  E-mail with IWD in the subject line for more information. Visit the website:

Jewish Guild for the Blind

Achilles has a chapter at The Jewish Guild for the Blind at 15 West 65th St. that helps people with visual impairment participate in running.

Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine
Achilles has two chapters at Rusk. The Brain Injury Day Treatment Program at NYU Medical Center’s Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine helps people with Traumatic Brain Injuries train and compete in marathons.  Achilles also has a chapter with the physical therapy department of Rusk. Several members from both programs attend NYC Chapter workouts and have completed marathons. Please check out this great article!

Achilles International Team Reeve prepares for upcoming marathons

Achilles International and The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation have formed a partnership, Achilles International Team Reeve, to help recruit, train and facilitate the participation of people with spinal cord injuries in marathons across the country.

Achilles International is the standard bearer for providing opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in mainstream distance running. The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

For more information, email:

Mary Bryant:
Leigh Alspach:

United Cerebral Palsy of New York City
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City was founded in 1946 by parents of children with cerebral palsy during an era when no community or school-based services existed, and when institutionalization was one of the few available options for their sons and daughters. Since then, the agency has been at the forefront nationally in developing a comprehensive network of services for people with disabilities and their families. Our mission is to provide the highest quality services in health care, education, employment, housing and technology resources that support people with cerebral palsy and related disabilities in leading independent and productive lives. For more information on our programs and services, please visit

For more information, please call 877 UCP CONNECT (877-827-2666).