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Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

The ARO 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 cmxlZUBmY2dvdi5jb20= 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.


Register for Programs Online

To register for the programs below, visit our online database and search for the class to register. You can also call 970-221-6655 to register over the phone.

To view the Recreator in multiple formats, including a .pdf and word document, click here. 

1-Touch Self Defense

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Fridays, Feb. 3-Mar. 10 (2:30-4 p.m.)
Age: 18 years & up
Location: Northside Aztlan Center
Workshop: $5
Course: $78

Designed for adults who are blind or have visual imparments. 1-Touch has proven highly effective in the development of independence, self-confidence, spatial orientation, mobility, dexterity, and personal safety. Program is taught by Scott Land, Certified 1-Touch Self Defense Coach.

Register online here.

Artistic Abilities: 2-D art

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Date: Wednesday, Feb. 8-Mar. 8 (4-6 p.m.)
Age: 13 years & up
Location: Colorado State University, Visual Arts Building, Room D102
Cost: $32

Participants will learn 2-D techniques, with a variety of materials to create unique pieces of art. This class is open to people of all abilities, with emphasis on accommodations for various challenges and disabilities. Note: Contact Alison Cope at YWNvcGVAZnJpaS5jb20= for more information.

Register online here.

Paralympic Nordic Ski Clinics

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Saturday, Feb. 25 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Age: 12 years & up
Location: City Park
Cost: $10

Learn to Nordic ski. Adaptive sit skis and instruction available for people with physical disabilities or visual impairment and veterans with US Paralympic staff providing expertise. Note: Location may change due to snow availability.

Register online here.

Monthly Themed Dances

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Time: Friday (6-8 p.m.)
18 years & up
Location: Senior Center

Dances are fun filled events to celebrate with friends. Dressing for the theme is highly encouraged.

Jan. 27: Winter Tropics ($4)
Feb. 24: A Night in Paris ($4)

Adaptive Boccia

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Date: Monday, Jan. 30-Mar. 6 (10:45 a.m.-Noon)
Location: Senior Center
Cost: $15

Boccia is a Paralympic sport adapted for athletes with physical disabilities. Played indoors on a smooth surface, boccia tests coordination, concentration, and ability to strategize. Note: Option to pay a drop-in rate of $3 per week is available.

Register online here.

Adaptive Ski Trips

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BOEC, Breckenridge: Sunday, Feb. 12 (5:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
BOEC, Keystone: Sunday, Mar. 5 (5:45 a.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Age: 16 years & up
Location: Depart from Senior Center
Cost: $138

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) Adaptive Ski program provides individual volunteer instructors and adapted equipment for stand up or sit ski skiers with disabilities. Note: Attendants may register at no charge.

Register online here.

Paralympic Sports Club

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Paralympic Sport Club Fort Collins involves programming for youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities, as well as veterans, to participate in sports and physical activity. Scholarships are available. PGFjbGFzcz0=">Contact the ARO office or view the Recreator for more information. 

Volunteer Opportunities (PDF)

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Are you a closet coach? Do you love leading craft projects? Do you like to make new friends? Support ARO staff and participants with your time and talents! For information about current volunteer openings, click the link above or contact YmhlaW56ZUBmY2dvdi5jb20= 


Spotlight image: Internships

Are you interested in gaining valuable career skills while serving the community? ARO provides full-time practicum opportunities for students from anywhere in the country that are pursuing a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and/or Health & Exercise Science. 

Roles and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: encouraging interaction among participants, provide assistance to participants to facilitate maximal independence and fun in an activity, participate in meetings, act as a liaison with other City, County and State agencies and groups in establishing cooperative programs for persons with disabilities, and lead and direct activities.

For more information and to apply, click here.