Adaptive Parks and Recreation
Encouraging meaningful recreation opportunities and programs for individuals with disabilities to enhance and expand their social, cognitive, affective and physical abilities.
- DeLaney Farmhouse
- 170 S. Chambers Road, Aurora 80017
Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) offers therapeutic programs for people with disabilities at any age. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and other DPR team members create opportunities to improve quality of life, foster independence and boost self-esteem.
- 1849 Emerson St Denver, CO 80218
- (720) 865-0820
EXPAND (Exciting Programs Adventures and New Dimensions) is the City of Boulder's recreation program for people with disabilities. EXPAND offers inclusive opportunities for recreation, specialized classes with support and Unified Sports / Special Olympics, a Visual Impairment Sports Abilities Program, fitness, adventure and leisure opportunities for adults with mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
RISE (Recreation and Inclusion Services for Everyone) is the therapeutic recreation program for the CIty of Lakewood, providing inclusive recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilities, ages 6 through the senior adult. RISE offers choices for health, leisure, recreation and wellness to enhance quality of life with activities that interest people as well as oppor-tunities to interact with peers and the community.
Paul Derda provides and enhances recreation opportunities for people of all ability levels and ages to participate in leisure services, through both specialized classes and mainstreaming / inclusion opportunities.
- 13201 Lowell Blvd Broomfield, CO 80020
- (303) 460-6900
South Suburban Parks and Recreation offers a variety of activities that can keep a person strong physically and mentally - all year long. Get active and stay healthy with a variety of adaptive programs including dance, water fitness, unified basketball and kickball, cultural arts classes, trips and tours.
- 6631 S. University Blvd Centennial CO 80121
- (303) 798-5131
Parker's Therapeutic Recreation Program is designed to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through participation in adapted programming. Programs are designed to minimize barriers, increase leisure awareness within the community, promote skill building, celebrate individual success and promote overall well-being for participants.
- (303) 805.3208
The JCC is committed to welcoming people with special needs through its Yad b’ Yad (“Hand in Hand”) program, offering educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. Trained staff are available in the building during all operating hours making every effort to accommodate particular needs.
- 350 South Dahlia Street, Denver, CO 80246
- (303) 399-2660
Stimulating the development of access for disabled persons to natural outdoor environments through the construction of an 8 foot wide, mile long boardwalk through the wilderness, accessible to all users, camping sites for a variety of needs and users and fishing. This unique opportunity is available Memorial Day weekend - October 15th, at 9,000 feet altitude, just a short drive into the mountains west of Denver.
- 45954 U.S. 285, Grant, CO 80448
- (303) 403-1110
ARCH, at Children's Hospital Colorado, helps kids with physical disabilities find confidence and freedom through sports and outdoor recreation. ARCH provides recreational resources and programs for children, teens and young adults with physical disabilities. By focusing on individual abilities, the ultimate goal of this program is to help develop skills that lead to a lifetime of healthy leisure and awareness.
- (720) 777-6600
The NSCD is an extensive outdoor therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports program, based out of Winter Park Resort and Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Colorado. The NSCD offers a variety of year-round adaptive sports and recreational adventures including alpine and cross county skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ski racing, rock climbing, rafting, special camps, therapeutic horseback riding and more.
- 677 Winter Park Drive Winter Park, CO 80482
- (970) 726-1540
Providing baseball opportunities to children and adults who are physically and/or mentally challenged. Typical players are paired with players who require support, to bring the experience of baseball to life for everyone no matter their disability.
- (720) 421-8816.
Paradox Sports seeks to recognize and foster an individual’s potential and strength, defying the assumption that people with a physical disability can’t lead a life of excellence that includes opportunities and specialized adaptive equipment to be an active participant in human-powered sports.
Special Olympics Project UNIFY® is a US national project, funded by the US Department of Education that is implemented within elementary, middle and high schools to activate youth around the country in an effort to promote the importance of inclusive school activities. Special Olympics Project UNIFY is designed to bring people together through team sports. Just ask your child's middle or high school about Unified Sports.
Providing therapeutic swim lessons is an important contribution to the wellness of our community. SwimLabs Littleton believes in providing all children with the skills necessary to be safe in and around water, is of vital importance. Part of our mission here at SwimLabs Littleton is to provide affordable accessibility to swim lessons for children and adults with disabilities through our programs customized to the needs of these swimmers.
Special Olympics Colorado provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports, from swimming to bowling, cycling to weight lifting, and more, for 15,000 athletes living in the state of Colorado. With the support of many volunteers, corporations and local businesses, Special Olympics Colorado is able to offer more than 100 events annually to individuals with intellectual disabilities age 2½ and up. To learn more about available programs, contact your Special Olympics Regional Manager.
Providing children and adults, who are living with various mental and/or physical challenges, an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Sports Made Possible partners with Foothills Park & Recreation District to provide an amazing baseball experience to kids of all ages with special needs and rely on the support of our community to offer this program.
- 8200 S. Quebec Street, Centennial CO 80112
- (303) 409-2613
Offering a variety of therapeutic and adventure programs for special needs infants through young adults and their families. All activities and types of therapies focus on each child’s specific strengths and assets, providing coordinated, outcome-based treatment.
- 6767 S. Spruce Street Suite 102 Centennial Co 80112
- (303) 563-8290
The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado and the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) have partnered together for over 20 years offering exciting and innovative adventure retreats for survivors of an injury to the brain. The emphasis of these retreats is to empower each participant, encourage independence and exceed perceived limitations.
- (970) 453-6422
Buckhorn Camp has been serving summer campers, people with disabilities, retreat groups, schools and churches for over 50 years! The camp is located high atop a front range ridge with incredible views both down to Fort Collins / Loveland and down into the Buckhorn valley Camp Hope is a special program of Buckhorn Camp for people with physical and developmental disabilities, which strives to open a new world of possibilities to these special individuals.
- 2120 County Rd 41 Bellvue, CO 80512
- (970) 484-2508
The RISE program offers two summer day programs: Camp Paha for youth with disabilities, ages 6 to 17 and Paha and Adults in Transition (PAT), for young adults ages 18 to 25, with disabilities. Camp goals are to provide opportunity for fellowship, fun and awareness of self, others and environment through the day program experience. Camps are held mid June through July. Scholarships available for Lakewood Residents!
- 480 S. Allison Pkwy Lakewood CO 80226
- (303) 987-7000
CamPossible is for kids with cerebral palsy (CP) ages 8-12. The 3-day camp is designed to meet the unique needs of these children. This camp will adapt activities to foster success and a sense of achievement while camping with peers in a mountain setting.
- 13123 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045
- (720) 777-6600
Camp Zenith, a program of Children’s Hospital and hosted by Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, is a 5-day overnight camp for children ages 8-18 years who have sustained brain injuries at some point in their development.
- 300 Snowy Ridge Rd Breckenridge, CO 40424
- (970) 453-6422
Camp Big Tree is a special camp for youth 12- 16 years of age with sensory integration impairments, as well as learning and/or attention deficits; Camp Little Tree is the camp for younger children, ages 8 to 12 years of age. The 5-day overnight program is designed to meet the unique needs of these children, with the support of specially trained occupational therapists from Children's Hospital Colorado.
- 13123 E. 16th Ave Aurora, CO 80045
- (720) 777-6600
Summer camping experiences for people, ages 8 years to senior adult, with vision impairments, hearing impairments, Down Syndrome, Developmental disabilities, Autism, ADD/ ADHD and Mental and Physical Challenges.
- 28541 State Highway 67 Woodland Park, CO 80863
- (719) 687-2087
Creating wonderful opportunities for families to share the success of cochlear implant children, from 3 year-olds through high school seniors. Many families are a part of the tradition and join other families from all across the United States and other countries for 4 days and 3 nights of recreation, education and celebration in the beautiful YMCA of the Rockies.
- 2515 Tunnel Road Estes Paek, CO 80511
- (303) 448-1616
EXPAND Leisure Links Camp is available for youth with developmental disabilities ages 11-17. This camp starts June 11 through July 26, Monday-Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and is located at the North Boulder Recreation Center. Expand offers inclusive opportunities for recreation, specialized classes with support available and unified sports / Special Olympics.
Heritage Camps for Adoptive Families serves as a post adoption resource and advocate for children and families with diverse heritages. They facilitate annual heritage camps, which provide culturally relevant and family-entered experiences for every member of the family and provide an opportunity to share in a common experience that fulfills a sense of community and individual identity.
- 2052 Elm St, Denver, Colorado 80207
Dancing with Friends was created to allow people to socialize with friends, with and without adaptive needs, to exercise, socialize and share in the love of dance. Classes are held at the Overstreet Dance Gallery in Littleton on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for a small fee.
- 5366 S Bannock Street, Littleton, CO 80120
A non-competitive dance studio with two locations in the Denver area: One in Southeast Denver and a second location in the Stapleton / Northfield area. Classes help each individual build confidence, self-esteem, strength, flexibility, and an appreciation for the art of dance and movement.
- 2305 S. Syracuse Way Denver, CO 80231
- (303) 755-0484
Boy Scout Troop 5280 of the Denver Area Council is the first Transitional Boy Scout Troop for boys aged 11-18 in the Denver Area Council and was formed to provide Special Needs Scouts of the Boy Scouting age with a basic foundation and knowledge of the traditional Boy Scout program. Troop meetings are twice per month at 6:00 pm.
- 3060 South Monaco Parkway, Denver CO 80222
- (303) 284-8802
Providing progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. Their programs include skiing and snow boarding, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, sailing, scuba, water skiing and wakeboarding and white water rafting.
- 1315 Nelson Street Lakewood, CO 80215
- (303) 679-2770
Enriching the lives of people with special needs and a passion for the arts through offerings of cake decorating, pottery painting, cupcakes and canvases, photography, video and choir classes.
- PO Box 1421, Parker CO 80134
- (303) 886-5224
Opening up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing. FHNB has grown into a National Organization with 27 chapters in 13 states, enabling thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate fully in this spirit lifting, morale booster, trouble free recreational activity. Once a year people with disabilities, their families and friends
- 1535 Saratoga Dr., Co Springs, CO 80910
Out & About offers community-based recreation programming for adults and children with developmental disabilities. Services offered on evenings and weekends for adults. Some examples include: swimming, equine therapy, bowling, hiking, holiday dance parties, arts & crafts, Denver Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, Water World and Elitch Gardens. We also offer a mid-day Saturday activity for school aged children. After School Program is offered to school-aged children. Participants are picked up from their respective school and driven to the activity by an Out & About instructor.
- 1400 Dixon Avenue, Lafayette, CO 80026
- (303) 665-7789
A program of Conductive Education, providing adaptive recreational equipment rentals for a small fee. The TrailRider is an adaptive piece of equipment that effortlessly allows a person who otherwise would not be able to, to traverse rough trails.
- Lakewood, Colorado
USSA is an all volunteer, wish granting charity that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth and disabled veterans on the outdoor adventure of their dreams! USSA adventures give our youth and veterans something to look forward to, and help sustain them in their time of need!
- Pittsville, WI 54466
Assistive Technology Partners strives to provide support to expand the delivery of assistive technology devices and services for children up to age 3.
- 601 East 18th Ave., Ste 130, Denver, CO 80203
Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy and All Abilities Integrated Summer Camps are offered to children and adults with disabilities. Their equine assisted therapeutic services are a complex and exciting means of therapy to produce tangible physical, psychological, cognitive, social, and educational benefits.
- 11968 Mineral Road, Longmont, CO
- (303) 652-9131
Offering Hippotherapy Physical Therapy Services in the Boulder/Longmont Area because hippotherapy can be a valuable physical therapy tool for individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
- 10456 North Foothills Highway, Longmont CO 80503
- (303) 823-2320
Heartstrings and Hoofbeats’ programs teach children how to groom and tack a horse, as well as enjoy recreational and therapeutic riding, all with therapeutic goals. Heartstrings and Hoofbeats is a center of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
- 4951 S Beeler St, Greenwood Village, CO 80111
- (303) 229-6332
Providing individuals physical, social and emotional therapeutic programming so that riders have the opportunity to experience independence and sense of freedom.
- 5027 Garton Road, Castle Rock, Co 8010
- (720) 863-4736
The PPTR is the oldest, largest and the only PATH premier accredited center in southern Colorado,
- 13620 Halleluiah Trail, Elbert, CO 80106
- (719) 495-3908
Non-sectarian Christian organization committed to meeting the needs of handicapped children, adults, troubled youth and disabled veterans in a therapeutic ranch environment.
- 11892 E. Hilltop Road, Parker, CO 9
- (303) 841-4043
Encouraging individuals of all ages with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities to reach their full potential by providing safe, supportive, and quality therapeutic riding services.
- 6230 E Hwy 86. Franktown, CO
- (303) 817-6531
Park Passes (discounted)
Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments and offers a free pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Applicants must provide documentation of permanent disability and residency or citizenship. At Rocky, the Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on camping fees and it can be used at any Federal Recreation site.
- National Park Service Department of Interior
The Columbine Pass offers a discounted annual pass to Colorado State Parks ($14.00 instead of the regular vehicle cost of $70) for disabled Colorado residents that is transferable between vehicles. To qualify for a Columbine Pass, the applicant must be a Colorado resident, child or adult, and provide acceptable documentation of a total and permanent disability.
- Colorado Parks & Wildlife Broadway Office
- 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216
Magic Moments produces an annual musical and theatrical production, in which each production integrates persons with physical and developmental disabilities into the total performing cast of amateurs and professionals. The mix is truly magical for everyone involved – cast, staff, and our audience.
- P.O. Box 97, Littleton, CO 80160-0097
- (303) 607-7555
PHAMALY THeatre Company
Phamaly Theatre Company (formerly known as The Physically Handicapped Actors & Musical Artists League) produces professional scale plays and musicals year-round throughout the Denver Metro region, cast entirely of performers with disabilities across the spectrum (physical, cognitive, and emotional).
- 4061 S. Eliot St., Englewood, CO 80110
- (303) 365-0005
AMC Theatres, in conjunction with the Autism Society, provide a special opportunity for Americans living with Autism to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing! The program is offered at four locations around Denver and many locations nationwide.
Experience a calming morning at the Children's Museum of Denver for children with special needs. By limiting attendance and turning down some of the ambient Museum noise, the Museum hopes to offer a comfortable morning for children with special needs to play with their families. Admission is free for families of children with special needs.
- 2121 Children’s Museum Dr, Denver, CO 80211
- (303) 561-0108
Sensory Friendly Storytimes
Libraries around the US are now offering Sensory Friendly Sorytimes in a comfortable and secure environment. All children on the autism spectrum and all differently-abled children are welcome to attend with an adult; siblings and therapists are also welcome. Space is limited; registration is required.
Healthy Independent Leisure and Lifestyles offer affordable opportunities for people with developmental disabilities or traumatic brain injury, that promote health, foster independence and further enable each of our clients to become contributing members of their communities. Their philosophy is that everyone has the right to travel, lead healthy lives, and socialize with their peers.
- 746 Cole Blvd. Suite #225
- Lakewood CO 80401
Although they like to rock, they are not a rock-and-roll band. The Wayfaring Band is a band of people who travel together to equip adults, who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as leadership fellows, with the social tools to deftly navigate the diverse needs of a global community. Offering road trips, social programs, and leadership for hire.
- 3327 Brighton Blvd., Denver, CO 80216
- (720) 515-1596
Warm Water Pools
The Warm Water Therapy Pool in Lakewood, Colorado is for people of all ages and abilities. Therapeutic warm water: 91 - 93 degrees. Individual therapy is available for adults and children with orthopedic or neurological disabilities that require skilled therapy in an aquatic setting. To sign up for the National Jewish Health Aquatic Therapy Program, you will need to download a Physician Authorization Form.
- 5755 W. Alameda Ave Lakewood CO 80226
- (303) 233-1666
Offering functional training and therapeutic exercise to those who experience difficulty exercising, in one of the largest warm water pools in Denver, with a therapeutic temperature of 92° and a graduated entry. Therapists work for achieving maximum independence and assist participants in transitioning to group programs or community aquatic fitness classes. Oxygen is available free for patients while exercising.
- 1400 Jackson Street Denver CO 80206
The Whitlock Rec Center Pool is a warm-water pool hosting an array of activities, with a 91-93 degree water temperature that permits increased flexibility and mobility for aquatic exercises. Whether you’re participating in one of our many aqua fitness classes, completing rehab exercises or looking for a social outlet the Whitlock pool is an excellent option for you.
- 1555 Dover Street Lakewood CO 80215
- (303) 987-4800