Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Idaho

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see:  http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012

“Think Idaho and imagine a state bursting with natural beauty. Within its borders you will find vast stretches of sage-covered high desert, white-water rivers rolling and roaring through Rocky Mountain canyons, eerie volcanic landscapes, jagged snowy mountain peaks, glacier lakes, and green pine woods. Most of all, Idaho is home to welcoming and friendly people who will help make your visit a memorable one.” (Source: Frommers.com)

Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group

The Cooperative Wilderness Handicapped Outdoor Group, otherwise known as CW HOG, is a regional self-help group that was formed in 1981 to provide recreational opportunities for people of all abilities.

Website: http://www.isu.edu/outdoor/cwhog.shtml
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/CW-HOG/198747786829296?sk=photos

Sun Valley Adaptive Sports

“As a positive and visible fixture in the community, our programs give children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities the opportunity to experience competition and the outdoors without limitations. Designed and executed by our staff of certified therapists, each program helps our participants build physical and social skills they can take with them for a lifetime. What sets SVAS apart from other adaptive sports organizations across the country is our focus on innovative and sustainable therapeutic impact. While we want our participants to have a great time, we ensure the positive changes they experience translate to every aspect of their lives.”

Website: http://www.svasp.org/
Phone: (208) 726-9298 

SAIL

“SAIL (Self Awareness In Leisure) is a not for profit accessible sailing program designed for those with physical disabilities, ie. for individuals with spinal cord injuries, amputation(s), etc. We call our sailing program accessible versus disabled because our participants are willing to learn to sail, even if they need to find a different way; they are not letting a diagnosed disability, etc. limit them. We simply give them the tools so they can sail. Our first goal is not to make our participants dependent on us/a program but to assist them to become as independent as possible in sailing.”

Website: http://funtosail.blogspot.com/p/disabledaccessible-sailing-program.html
Phone: 208-704-4454
Email: info@funtosail.com

Adventure Island Playground

“Adventure Island is a Universally Accessible Playground located in Meridian’s Settler’s Park at Meridian and Ustick Roads.”

Website: http://www.adventureislandplayground.org/
Phone: 208-887-3531 

National Parks Golden Access Passport 

National and state parks abound in Idaho and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov

 

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 


About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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