Some adventurous New Yorkers took to the water Saturday to prove that people with disabilities can do anything.
Ten kayakers, all of whom are deaf, hit the East River as a part of HarborLab's Deaf Community Paddle.
The non-profit advocates for equitable access to the water and water education for everyone in the city.
The kayakers started at HarborLab's Long Island City headquarters and made their way up to Socrates Sculpture Park.
“When organizations pull us into their fold, it makes us feel like we belong, like we're one community,” said participant Maleni Chaitoo. “It doesn't matter if I'm the only deaf person in that group. By them reaching out to me, it makes me feel like I belong.”
“It's important for us to try new things and new activities, and often organizations don't know how to promote it to certain groups, and once we get involved and they see that we can do it, we start gaining a foothold in those organizations,” added participant Monique Holt.
To learn more about the organization or upcoming events, head to harborlab.org.