Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Individuals of all ages and abilities take part in the Ability Center's programs, including those with orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments, as well as those with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Specially designed equipment is available for many of the activities. Adaptive saddles, hand cycles, and customized ski equipment, such as bi-skis, mono-skis and outriggers, enable participants to enjoy each activity comfortably and safely. In an attempt to eliminate the isolation of individuals with disabilities, friends and family members are also encouraged to participate.
The National Ability Center offers a wide variety of year-round activities, which include alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, swimming, cycling, water skiing, horseback riding, rafting and camping trips, challenge course activities, leadership development training, and more. In 2007, individuals participated in more than 26,000 lessons and outings! Because safety is the first priority, instruction is provided by professional, certified instructors and complemented by volunteer assistants who contributed over 25,000 hours in 2007, as well. Many of the instructors are also individuals with disabilities and serve as role models for our participants.
The National Ability Center is committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment. The objective of these experiences is to build self-esteem, confidence and physical development, thereby enhancing active participation in all aspects of community life. As a national role model, the Center promotes the concept of ability through integration, public awareness and education.