Concord Special Education Parent Advisory Committee

(Concord SPED PAC)

Winter Activities

    Would you like your child to experience downhill skiing?

    Try one of the Adaptive ski school, they are non-profit organization, most are a chapter of Disabled Sports/USA, and a member of PSIA-E ski school.

    Their goal is to enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities through snow sports.  They have a large variety of adaptive equipment.  Student lessons are taught at a 1:1, or 1:2 ratio.  They have a wide range of talented instructors who volunteer their time.

    For children and adults who have never skied, to the most advance skier.
    Any child with an IEP qualifies for these programs.

    Here is a list of disabilities of the students that participate in the program:

      Developmentally Disabled (DD), Blind, Visually Impaired, mild Cerebral Palsy (CP),
      Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Muscular Dystrophy and other
      muscular involvement,
      Deaf and Hearing Impaired, Acquired Brain
      Injury/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Spina Bifida,
      Mentally Retarded,
      Epilepsy, Down's Syndrome, Autism, Stroke, Attention Deficit Disorder/
      Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Dyslexia, Cystic Fibrosis, Seizure Disorder,
      Friederich's Ataxia, and Neurologically

    The Adaptive ski schools, are a great place to visit this winter.  They are always interested in talking to volunteers.  There are many jobs that need doing (office, equipment, technical, etc.).

    If you are knowledgeable about disabilities, posses intermediate or better skiing skills, interested in coaching adaptive snow sports, would like to help out in the office or with the equipment, please contact them.

    Ski areas with Adaptive ski programs

    Each of these ski areas comes recommended by at least three SPED PAC members:

      Loon Mt., NH
      Waterville Valley, NH

    These other areas have adaptive ski programs:

    New Hampshire:
      Mt. Sunapee, NH (state-run)
      Attitash/Bear Peak, NH
      Bretton Woods, NH (new program, started in 2001)

      Mount Snow, VT
      Sugarbush, VT


      Sunday River, ME (weekends only)
      Sugarloaf, ME


      Wachusett Mountain, MA
      Jiminy Peak, MA

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    For a little more detail and X-Country information:

    Ski NH Resorts Provide Adaptive Program for Disabled Persons

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Winter camp:

For children with life-threatening illnesses and their families of all ages.
One week long overnight camp for children and their families.  Is a year round camp, it is located at Casco, Maine.
The camp is free, and accommodate 40 families each week at no expense to them.  It is an opportunity to participate in a full service overnight camp.  Near by Shawnee Peak offers a convenient opportunity for families to enjoy a day of skiing.  The camp also offers ice skating, snowshoeing, and sledding.

Camp Sunshine
35 Acadia Road
Casco, Maine  04015