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The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department provides equal and quality recreation for community members with disabiities. Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) strives to ensure that people with disabilities have the necessary Accommodations or support to participate in any recreation program at their highest level of independence. Specialized programming is also offered to increase opportunities and meet unique needs of individuals. A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) oversees the creation of support for each person and the specialized program offerings made available. So what do you like to do? YOU CAN DO IT and ARO is here to help.

ARO provides unique services and classes to individuals of all ages and abilities. Exciting learning opportunities are available through interships and volunteering.


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Our Amazing Summer Interns!

Sarah Feinberg is from Natick, Massachusetts. She moved to Colorado to pursue a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at Colorado State University. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology in 2011 from Ithaca College. In her free time Sarah enjoys dancing, yoga, rock climbing, hiking, photography and knitting. She is very excited to be joining ARO as one of their interns this summer.

Katie Crelly is a graduate student at CSU completing her master's degree in occupational therapy. Originally from Golden Valley, MN, Katie completed her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After moving out to Colorado, she immediately discovered her love of hiking, camping, snowshoeing, and exploring the state. Katie also enjoys snowboarding, running, reading, and doing crafts. She is very excited to be working with ARO this summer!

Sara Fisher is interning with ARO to complete her therapeutic recreation degree from Ithaca College, NY.  She is 22 years old and from Syracuse, NY.  Sara has 3 brothers and a sister.  Sara is extremely excited to be working with ARO and the wonderful staff.  Adaptive sports, social programs, and special events are all areas Sara would like to experience and learn about.  Sara loves running, lacrosse, ice skating, swimming, bike riding, reading, making crafts, watching scary movies, and of course laughing with family and friends.

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The Adaptive Recreation Opportunities program provides quality and equal opportunities for recreation and leisure programs to community members with disabilities. The ARO program offers healthy and fun experiences through the following three basic service areas:

  • Inclusion: The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities into its classes and activities. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will help to determine the most effective means of support for people to participate in any program offering. Accommodations may include adaptive equipment, program modification, staff or trained volunteer support. Inclusion is also a great way to enhance public awareness of the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Inquiries about what type of assistance is available should be directed to Renee Lee at 970-224-6027. NOTE: Requests should be made two weeks before the class begins.
  • Transition: If you need more assistance in making your recreation and leisure choices, but want to be as independent as possible, the Transistion program might be right for you. Explore new experiences, learn about exciting recreation opportunities and meet new people.
    A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will help you develop you personal Passport to Recreation Profile and discuss your needs, strengths and interests. Call 970-224-6027 for more information.
  • Specialized Program: These programs are open to everyone but are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities. They can also be found in the Recreator and identified by the ARO symbol. The Alternative Programs are designed for adults with intellectual disabilities and focus on community activities and social outings. See the ARO section of the Recreator for a list of current program offerings.

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