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Adaptive Recreation Opportunities#

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Individuals of all abilities and ages are welcome to register in any recreation program, and ARO will do its best to provide reasonable accommodations. ARO offers a spectrum of inclusion services. Request for Inclusion support must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the start of a program. Inclusion support will be determined by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or Behavioral Specialist and can include training to staff to create a more inclusive environment, program adaptation, adaptive equipment, additional staff, or other accommodations. Each individual requesting inclusion support will be assessed, and support can be changed as individuals work towards the goal of independence in programs.

Inclusion expectations align with facility regulations. To review facility regulations, click here.

Questions? Please contact Katie Just at  

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Transition Services#

Leisure education for individuals transitioning from school to adult services. These programs provide collective recreation experiences and resources on how to continue involvement. For more information contact Katie Just at

ARO also offers consultations with a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist or a Senior Behavioral Specialist to support new community members as they transition to local programming. Consultations discuss recreation opportunities, barriers to leisure goals, and support options. 

Complete the Support Form

Specialized Programs#

Open to people of all abilities, these programs are specially adapted for individuals with physical, intellectual, and/or emotional disabilities to empower them in their everyday lives. Programs are goal oriented and work on improving social or physical skills, activities of daily living, or leisure goals. 

Check out new ARO programs like: 

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Behaviors 101

Do you struggle with knowing how to respond to your child's behaviors? 

In this program for caregivers, you'll learn how to address behavioral outbursts, how to offer sensory support, and how to create proactive strategies for behavior mitigation with your child. 

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Theatre Acting Class & Show

Express your creativity on stage! Learn acting techniques, work on a short script, then present a show for the final class. 

The show will take place on Monday, May 1. Tickets are available for $5 online.

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Make new friends, play games, and practice social skills with other elementary-aged peers. Each session will utilize different recreation modalities to practice social skills and peer interactions.

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Participate in this fun cardio dance class with easy-to-follow choreography, mindfulness practices, and a culture of inclusivity. 

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Adaptive Climbing

Learn how to rock climb at an indoor climbing gym at your own pace with a group of friends. 

Join the ARO Team!#

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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 click below or contact Brenda McDowell, CTRS, at

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ARO also provides full-time practicum and internship opportunities for students from anywhere in the country that are pursuing a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and/or Health & Exercise Science.

Submit Internship Interest Form

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Current Openings

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We're looking for talented and unique individuals to join our team! Learn about all available opportunities below, and don't forget to attend the hiring fair this spring!

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