Colorado Discover Ability, an adaptive sports program for people with disabilities enables physically handicapped skiers to learn to ski independently. Last winter 107 volunteers helped CDA clients ranging in ages, 4 to 75, learn how to ski, snowboard or snowshoe using adaptive equipment. Many volunteers return year after year. Last winter 161 clients participated in winter sports with CDA.
Currently, CDA has 50 volunteers lined up for this year’s winter program. The organization would like to add more. Colorado Discover Ability is holds volunteer training sessions for people who would like to become an adaptive ski or snowboard Instructor at CDA’s Adaptive Snowsports School at Powderhorn Resort. People who commit to the training can volunteer whenever it fits their schedule, Tuesday through Sunday when the school is open.
New volunteers who want to teach must commit to two days of training at Powderhorn. Trainees also shadow lessons with experienced instructors. Some instructors have volunteered with the program for 20 years. The organization also needs volunteers to staff its snow sports school office by handing out passes, answering phones, scheduling lessons, and greeting participants.
Clients’ disabilities range from cognitive to physical, and include spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, and Down’s syndrome. For more information call 257-1222 or visit www.coloradodiscoverability.org.