Charity of the week
For people with physical or cognitive disabilities, activities like skiing the Rockies or white water rafting on the Colorado River may seem out of reach. Since 1995, Challenge Aspen (challengeaspen.org) has worked to make outdoor recreation activities accessible and safe for individuals with disabilities. The organization’s seasonal programming, based in Snowmass Village, Colo., includes snowboarding camps for injured military service members and a ski festival for the visually impaired. Summertime camps have been designed specifically with kids in mind, and include outdoor adventures like rock climbing for paraplegics and amputees and rafting and camping excursions for children with cognitive disabilities. Each year, Challenge Aspen serves more than 400 participants, while its military programs provide year-round adaptive and therapeutic recreation for veterans and their loved ones.
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