Winter Fun for People with Disabilities

January 23rd 2008 09:34 am

Summer is often thought of as the favorite season, but many children and adults look forward to the winter months of December – March. People enjoy winter because of the range of outdoor activities offered such as skiing, sledding, ice skating, and snowboarding. Individuals appreciate these outdoor activities because they are a way to spend time with friends and family while being outdoors doing something they love.

People with limited mobility and disabled individuals find it frustrating because they would like to participate in these sports however their ability to do so is hindered by their disability. There are numerous facilities across the country offering programs making it easier for people with accessibility requirements to participate in outdoor activities. The goal of these programs is to instruct the physically impaired to accomplish the activity independently with their friends and family. Instructors teach adaptive techniques for family and friends so they can assist the disabled person if needed.

These programs allow people with disabilities to be involved in outdoor activities in a safe and enjoyable environment. Teachers work through the physical, emotional, and financial barriers that restrict people with disabilities and special needs from participating in life-enhancing outdoor recreation programs. To best suit individual needs instructors work one-on-one with each individual and their family to provide a program that best suits their needs.

For more information on programs for individuals with disabilities visit:

www.dmoz.org/Sports/Winter_Sports/Skiing/Disabled
www.coloradodiscoverability.org/winter
www.skicentral.com
www.ernalow

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