Taking the Plunge – Resources
Though these resources are in Idaho, plenty of similar organizations are throughout the nation. Be sure to search your particular state’s Parks and Recreation websites to find programs for the handicapped.
Idaho Adaptive Resources Recreation Unlimited
1610 N. Orchard
Boise, ID 83706
Contact: John Summerton
Phone: 208-383-0210 / Fax: 208-344-7132
Provides year-round programs in sports, recreation, and education for individuals with disabilities, while building self-confidence and self-esteem, and promoting positive human relations, attitudes, and behaviors. www.recreationunlimited.org
Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Programs, Inc.
P.O. Box 6791
Ketchum, ID 83340
Contact: Tom Iselin
Phone: 208-726-9298 / Fax: 208-726-0957
Provides alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic skiing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, biking, running, martial arts, skeet shooting, fly-fishing, yoga, theater, swimming, and hot springs. www.svasp.org
Alternate Mobility Adventure Seekers
Boise State University
PE Dept. 101 1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1710
Offers recreation, wilderness excursions, fitness programs, sports and social activities to persons with disabilities in Southwest Idaho. A variety of adventure activities provide challenges in a supportive setting to build self-confidence and determination.
Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group
Idaho State University
921 S 8th Ave., Stop 8128
Pocatello, ID 83209
Contact: David Kriner, Director
Phone: 208-282-3912 / Fax 208-282-2127
Provides recreational opportunities for people of all abilities. Goals: Provide challenging outdoor adventure activities in a supportive environment. Establish a supportive social network for people with disabilities and able-bodied individuals. Further societal integration by building ties between individuals with disabilities and other community members. Educate the community to accept and value people with disabilities.
Mobility International USA
Empowers people with disabilities around the world through international exchange, information, technical assistance, and training. www.miusa.org
Based in Massachusetts, this organization offers similar recreational opportunities as the one in Idaho. But the website also features resources that might help anyone searching for programs aimed at helping the disabled.