Meaningful recreation for all abilities!

The Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) Program began in 2019 with its purpose to more intentionally welcome and include people with disabilities in Thornton Recreation programs and facilities.

This program is coordinated by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Becoming a CTRS requires a four year degree (or equivalent experience), passing a national certification exam, and 50 hours of continuing education every five years to stay certified. This ensures the AIR program maintains a high standard and follows current trends and issues in the field.

By practicing Therapeutic Recreation, we focus on promoting physical, emotional, social and cognitive well-being and development through recreation and fun!

AIR Opportunities

We offer a variety of AIR programs year-round. AIR Programs welcome people of all abilities and are specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Examples are listed below. Check out the Program Brochure for current offerings.

Social Activities

 Youth and Teen Nights
 AIR Play Group
Friday Fun Night
Seasonal Dances

Enrichment Classes and Sports
Special Olympics Sports
Enrichment Programs
AIR Gymnastics, Dance and Swim Lessons

AIR Adventures
Opportunities for individuals with physical limitations to use adaptive equipment.
Cycling with adaptive sport partners
Adaptive hiking through track chair program at Staunton State Park
Adaptive rock climbing

Get Involved

AIR is seeking volunteers to help support our programs.  Volunteers may help coach sports, facilitate special events or partner with individuals with disabilities to help everyone be involved and have fun. Please contact Becky at to discuss opportunities or complete an online application.

Therapeutic Recreation Internships 
Beginning Summer 2021, AIR will be offering 15-week internships for Therapeutic Recreation students. Contact the AIR Coordinator if interested.

Video Introduction to AIR


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