National Ability Center Lets Your Child with Special Needs Learn to Ski and More

Mary
Posted by Mary on August 4, 2010

 

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Do your children or others you know have special needs?

Sure, all of our children have “special needs”, mine sure do. My youngest needs more attention, my middle needs more money, and my oldest, well, she just needs to be in charge!

I am talking real special needs, have you ever heard of the National Ability Center? It is a fantastic facility, a year round non-profit organization here in Park City that I can’t say enough about. When I moved here and started back to work in the winter of 1997, I became a fan for life.

It is the philosophy of the National Ability Center to provide a range of sports and outdoor activities for individuals and families that share physical or developmental disabilities. They strive to provide for the inaccessible and unavailable, to encourage and provide physical activities for all, and they do it like no one else.

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Opportunities are there for individuals to share their common interest with their non-disabled friends and families, in 22 different sports. Downhill skiing, bicycling, swimming, water skiing, rafting, hiking, rock climbing, just to name a few.

The Equestrian program is my favorite and their largest. I was an instructor there for many years in the summer months. I have personally seen what a difference a horse can make in a participants' life, from a young child with Down Snydrome to a visually impaired adult.  Have you heard the quote, “There is something about the outside of a horse that does something for the inside of a person?” Maybe I made that up.

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I see the snow skiing program work miracles here almost every day that I am out on our slopes at Park City Mountain Resort. Having an instructor who specializes in the skills/equipment specific to one of your children’s special needs is such a unique opportunity. Children can start out learning one on one, and sometimes, safety considerations and equipment needs considered, they are ready to move onto skiing with friends and family, or another type of group lesson. Successful starts and smiles are a few of my favorite “S” words.

So check it out, online at discovernac.org or come visit the National Ability Center here in Park City. From learning a new activity to Olympic athletes, I can’t think of a better place to donate your time or money, it may change your perspective on life in a very positive way.

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Comment posted by Mary Flinn Ware on August 11, 2010 3:42 PM MDT

Hi Mary Jo, I left you a voice mail yesterday and contacted the NAC as well. Call me here with additional questions. Our Summer Operation activities here at PCMR are user friendly for visually impaired guests. We will make safe accommodations where neccessary and encourage participation. Have fun!

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Comment posted by Ryan Jensen on August 11, 2010 10:30 AM MDT

Mary Jo, we look forward to having you here in Utah! I've left messages for you to arrange a visit while you're here. I hope we can get you out here to experience what the National Ability Center and Park City are all about!

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Comment posted by Ryan Jensen on August 11, 2010 10:16 AM MDT

Mary Jo, we look forward to having you here in Utah! I've left messages for you to arrange a visit while you're here. I hope we can get you out here to experience what the National Ability Center and Park City are all about!

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Comment posted by Mary Jo Hartle on August 10, 2010 11:00 AM MDT

I am the director of Education for the National Federation of the Blind, and I will be in Utah this weekend, I arrive on Thursday 08/12/10, I am interested in what your facility has to offer, for Blind participants (adults & Youth?) I see you've listed [Related topics: *bicycling, downhill skiing, hiking, nac, *national ability center, park city, *park city mountain resort, rafting, *rock climbing, ski school, special needs, swimming, *water skiing] I would appreciate more information and possible some hands on demonstrations & information?
OK, I'm coming out for vacation and was wondering what there is to do fun in Utah that is also challenging

Thank you
Mary Jo Hartle, MEd, NOMC
Education Program Specialist
Jernigan Institute
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND
1800 Johnson St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone: (410)659-9314 ext. 2407
Email: MHARTLE@nfb.org
Visit www.nfb.org

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