Utah is working, through a number of initiatives, to establish itself as a leader in accessible recreation. The state has established specialized recreation plans and partnerships with a variety of American Disability Act (ADA) organizations.
To support ongoing initiatives, the Utah Office of Tourism has launched a new guide to “accessible Utah.” The guide highlights an array of resources available to disabled travelers, including airport and car rental facilities; ADA campsites and trails; accessible national and state parks; a list of must-see attractions; and a list of local nonprofit organizations specializing in accessible recreation adventures.
Some nonprofits featured in the new guide are as follows:
· Splore, a nonprofit organization best known for starting the first accessible rafting program in the state, specializes in creating empowering experiences for people of all abilities. Activities include indoor and outdoor rock climbing, canoeing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping and specialized group trips. www.splore.org
· The Kostopulos Dream Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through recreation and leisure education. Camp K also offers a five-day Travel Trip Adventures program, taking members to regional adventure destinations such as Bryce Canyon and Moab. www.campk.org
· Wasatch Adaptive Sports at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort specializes in winter programs such as skiing, snowshoeing and sled hockey for those with disabilities. www.wasatchadaptivesports.org
· The National Ability Center offers adaptive equipment and a wide variety of year-round activities such as Alpine and cross-country skiing, swimming, cycling, rafting and camping trips. www.discovernac.org
· Salt Lake Country Parks & Recreation Adaptive Program offers a range of activities, from sports and fitness to social programs, such as dances and a theater program. www.recreation.slco.org/adaptive