Outdoors for All Foundation Programs
Outdoor recreation in the Northwest is for everyone! Outdoors for All offers a variety of on-snow and off-snow recreational activities designed for children and adults with disabilities. We encourage family & friends to join in the fun where appropriate. Outdoors for All therapeutic recreation programs are designed to include people with disabilities in typical Pacific Northwest outdoor activities and to promote education, independence, socializing, exposure to adaptive equipment and techniques, and, of course - to have a lot of fun!
Each year Outdoors for All partners with a variety of community organizations, parks and recreation departments, hospitals and schools to bring the fun and therapeutic benefits of outdoor recreation directly to them. A Custom Event means that we design an adaptive recreation program to meet the specific needs of each partner. Custom Events often feature adaptive cycling (we have over 40 different kinds of cycles) but can include other activities such as snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, river rafting, camping, adaptive water ski sports, rock climbing and more. Let Outdoors for All bring a Custom Event to your annual picnic, meeting, camp or other community event.
Private lessons are available to individuals with disabilities in trying new adaptive recreation activities and sports, looking for coaching to get to the next level, or as an alternative for those who require flexibility to accommodate their schedule. Lessons and private consultations are available in downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, cycling, kayaking, rock climbing and more.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In we received the 2009 Jimmie Heuga Community Service award by the Far West Ski Association for our efforts at Washington state's three largest ski resorts. Our recreation base-camp of operations at Seattle's Magnuson Park remains a key location for delivering many therapeutic recreation programs for many children and adults with disabilities. Private fundraising has been key for us in underwriting these life transforming therapeutic recreation programs and for achieving these successes. Without support, these programs are in jeopardy.
So many children and adults with disabilities rely on Outdoors for All. Our therapeutic recreation programs keep growing because participants with disabilities and their family members rely on us to open up the outdoors for them. Yet we know that there are many more participants who would benefit from and would like the opportunity to exercise their abilities outdoors. We need your support to do so.