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Adaptive Sports Center
The Adaptive Sports Center (ASC) of Crested Butte, Colorado is a non-profit organization that provides year-round recreation activities for people with disabilities and their families.
The Adaptive Sports Center improves the quality of life of people with disabilities through outdoor adventure activities. The programs we offer are inclusive to families and friends, empower our participants in their daily lives and have an enduring impact on their health, self-confidence and well-being.
The Adaptive Sports Center is positioned to be the national model in adaptive outdoor recreation, providing year-round, adventure programming for people with disabilities that has a lasting impact on the quality of their lives.
ASC sets a new standard of excellence for adaptive recreation programming throughout the country, utilizing state-of-the-art adaptive equipment and incorporating cutting-edge therapeutic recreation techniques into its programs.
Our staff is of the highest quality, and is viewed by all as our most important asset.
We provide recreational instruction for people with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, amputations, traumatic brain injury, and visual and hearing impairments. We also provide services for individuals with cognitive-related disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, ADD, ADHD, and other emotional and behavioral disorders, as well as at-risk-youth.
The Adaptive Sports Center stands out as an organization committed to our clients' well-being and success. Unlike other programs in the adaptive industry that are volunteer-based, we send every client out on a private lesson with a professional instructor. We make every effort to ensure that a client has the same instructor throughout the duration of his or her visit.
ASC participants include people from the U.K., Canada, Panama, Australia, Argentina, Lebanon, Brazil, Japan, Wales and Norway.
Surrounded by the magnificent Elk Mountains, the Adaptive Sports Center offers a full line of summer and winter outdoor activities ranging from skiing and rafting to wellness retreats and programs on our universally designed ropes course. The skills, self-confidence and empowerment gained while participating in these adaptive activities transfer into our clients' daily lives leading to healthier, happier, more active individuals.
The Adaptive Sports Center stands out as an organization committed to our clients' well-being and success. Unlike other programs in the adaptive industry that are volunteer-based, we send every client out on a private lesson with a professional instructor/guide. Instructors/guides are chosen to fit each client's particular personality and skill set, and we make every effort to ensure that a client has the same instructor/guide throughout the duration of his or her visit.
The Adaptive Sports Center is recognized as an organization committed to inclusion and strengthening families. Similar programs for people with disabilities only serve that population, which does not allow, for example, a child with autism to go skiing with her or his family. The ASC believes in strengthening the soul as well as the body and views a person's support system as imperative to this effort.
The ASC is known as an advocate for accessibility and equality for people with disabilities on a local, national and international level. We increase awareness of accessibility within our community and beyond by participating with the Gunnison County Trails Commission and consulting with municipal building inspectors, zoning boards, town councils, public transportation entities and business owners to uphold and in most cases exceed mandated accessibility guidelines. We also send staff to other parts of the country and the world to increase awareness of accessibility issues, train adaptive instructors and begin new adaptive programs.
The ASC is celebrated throughout the world as an organization committed to creating and expanding recreational opportunities and experiential learning to people with disabilities. We send staff to lead a variety of clinics and consultations throughout the United States, Europe and South America. The ASC is proud to have been the impetus to starting an adaptive sports program at the Bariloche ski area in Argentina and helping develop a similar program in San Martin de los Andes, Argentina. ASC participants include people from the U.K., Canada, Panama, Australia, Argentina, Lebanon, Brazil, Japan, Wales and Norway.