AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports

AbilityPLUS, Inc.
Mount Snow Resort
39 Mount Snow Road
West Dover, VT 05356
www.abilityplus.org

 

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Populations Served:

All people age five and up, with any type of physical or intellectual disability, who wish to participate in adaptive sports and recreation programs.

 

Location:

Mount Snow Resort, West Dover, VT

 

Public Transportation:

No, however we will assist carpool arrangements

 

Description:

AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports is a 501C(3) not-for-profit organization with the following mission:

To offer increased access to athletic and recreational opportunities for persons with physical and cognitive disabilities that will create freedom, promote independence, support inclusion and help those individuals and their families discover their full social, mental and athletic potential.

The AbilityPLUS Internship Program is available to undergraduate and post-graduate students in various disciplines wishing to gain experience working with people with disabilities in a sports/athletic/recreational environment. AbilityPLUS students have disabilities that range widely, from mental, intellectual and cognitive conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury, to visual impairment, hearing impairment, and physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Multiple Sclerosis, amputations, and spinal cord injuries. Many of these conditions are co-morbid.

An individual seeking an internship with AbilityPLUS must possess compassion, patience, intuition, a strong work ethic, and be committed to meet the changing needs of our students. Flexibility in schedule and expectations are required of an AbilityPLUS intern.

AbilityPLUS Interns work with students with a wide variety of disabilities, and may also work with various aspects of operating a nonprofit organization, including: student/guest contact and reservations; volunteer qualifications and scheduling; fundraising events; clerical needs; marketing; and all other projects as typically arise within a small not-for-profit organization.

The AbilityPLUS Intern must understand and be able to convey the tremendous impact adaptive sports programs have on the lives of people with disabilities and their families/caregivers, as well as the impact these programs have in changing not only perceptions about people with disabilities and their place in society, but also in moving policy here in the US and worldwide.

The successful Intern will use their experience with AbilityPLUS Adaptive Sports to positively impact:

  • The lives of people with disabilities and their families/caregivers
  • Perceptions about people with disabilities and their contributions to society
  • Public policy and its role in the lives of people with disabilities and their families/caregivers

Winter Sports Interns are provided the following benefits:

Work between 6-20 days at AbilityPLUS:

  • Lift ticket for day working with AbilityPLUS, plus one voucher per day to be used free skiing/riding at Mount Snow any time
  • 50% off food/beverage at Mount Snow

Work 21 days or more:

  • Mount Snow season pass, 50% food/beverage and 30% retail

 

Your Expected Availability:

Winter season:

Pre-Season Orientation and Training begins November 7th, and runs weekends through December 6th. Adaptive ski/ride lessons begin December 12th, and run daily through mid-April, weather permitting.

Winter Ski/Snowboard Lesson hours:

Weekends:

Morning session: 8:30-11:30am

Afternoon session: 1:00-3:00pm

Weekdays:

Morning session: 9:30-11:30am

Afternoon session: 1:00-3:00pm

 

Contact:         

Linda Walsh, Program Director

800-287-8415 x103

802-464-1100 x4699

lwalsh@abilityplus.org

 

Forms:

Commitment Schedule Template

Policy and Procedures Handbook

Volunteer Application

Volunteer Descriptions