Disabled Sports USA and the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI) are continuing their longstanding partnership to enhance professional development for snowsports instructors who serve disabled veterans. In the 2019-2020 season, approximately 100 instructors across the country will benefit from programs and resources supported by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant.
Funds support instructor training through numerous channels. Instructor training and certification events will be hosted in early 2020 by chapters of Disabled Sports USA in Alaska, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York. In 2019, funds also supported PSIA-AASI National Adaptive Academy scholarships, free clinics and manuals, and disabled veteran Instructor-In-Training mentorships at The Hartford Ski Spectacular in Breckenridge, CO December 9-13, 2019.
Whether a disabled veteran is learning to ski for the first time, or getting back on the mountain after injury, PSIA-AASI certified instructors help make their time on the slopes safe and successful. The veteran population has a number of unique considerations, and specialized training with adaptive equipment is key to ensure instructors can safely and effectively serve them at their home mountains.
“We recognize that high quality instruction is critical to the successful development of sport skills. When it comes to winter sports, we are thrilled to continue our long-term relationship with PSISA-AASI to provide the adaptive snowsport community with access to the top training programs available in the United States. We know that our athletes will benefit from greater safety and excellent skill development from this partnership,” said Glenn Merry, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA.
Adapt2Achieve, a program of Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), promotes inclusion in sports and recreation by offering customized adaptive sport guidelines and training content for sports and community organizations. Over 100 trainings have been offered since 2009 in more than 30 states across the country.
For more information about the PSIA-AASI events and resources offered by Adapt2Achieve, visit www.adapt2achieve.org.
These programs are funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
PSIA-AASI hosts a member network of over 30,000 individuals as well as nearly 300 ski, snowboard, and adaptive member schools. Founded in 1961, PSIA-AASI aims to support its members in their personal and professional development in the ski and snowboard industry, to create positive learning experience, and to have fun! PSIA-AASI works to establish certification standards for instructors and develops education materials for their members in an effort to elevate the level of professional instruction in the ski and snowboard industry. For more information, visit www.thesnowpros.org.
About Disabled Sports USA
Disabled Sports USA is a national, charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. What began as a program to serve Vietnam veterans has since grown into one of the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability organizations, annually serving more than 70,000 wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities. A member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Disabled Sports USA offers programs in more than 60 summer and winter sports through its nationwide network of 140 community-based chapters. For more information, visit www.moveunitedsport.org.