attendees with Tiny the Thornton mascot at the AIR Kickoff Party

​Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation (AIR)

Meaningful recreation for all abilities!

The program is coordinated by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). Becoming a CTRS requires a 4-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! 

COVID-19 Cancellations and Opportunities 

Cancellations 

AIR Summer Dance Party is cancelled. 

Opportunities

At this time, AIR is not offering drop in programs, all programs require registration. Please click the activity registration link on the right to register online. 

AIR Hiking Club will be meeting on Aug. 10 at Staunton State Park (transportation not provided) from 10 am - 1 pm to use track chairs, Freedom Grit manual chairs, or to walk. Registration is required as the group size is still limited. 

AIR Play Group is back on Sat. August 8th. We will meet in the great outdoors at Carpenter Park from 3:30-4:30. This group is geared toward families with young children (ages 3-9) with a disability, giving parents a chance to network and kids a time to play – loosely structured gross motor activities will be offered.  

Youth and Teen Night (ages 10-21) is back on Fri. August 7th. Due to COVID, the scheduled activities are changing and this will be a free Cinema Night from 6:30-8:30 pm (snacks will not be provided).  


AIR is currently hosting Virtual Hangouts on zoom including socializing, games, and fitness for teens and adults. Please contact becky.post@thorntonco.gov for details. 

group photo from AIR pickleball

Inclusion 

Inclusive Recreation allows people of all abilities, including those with physical or cognitive disabilities to participate together. This promotes diversity and adds value for participants with and without disabilities.

Inclusion Policy

Thornton includes people of all abilities in our recreation programs. We strive to not only meet the requirements of the ADA but to create a welcoming and supportive community. If you see a program offered in the Thornton Activities Guide that you would like to participate in but require accommodation or inclusion support, please answer yes on the related question during registration or contact the AIR Coordinator. An assessment may be completed to determine what type of reasonable accommodations or inclusion support is needed. Please submit requests at least two weeks in advance of your desired start date. For more information, please contact Becky Post, AIR Coordinator at 720-977-5702 or becky.post@thorntonCO.gov. 

Examples of inclusion support/ADA accommodation include:

• Hiring a sign language interpreter for a program
• Providing additional training for general recreation staff
• Developing a behavior support plan
• Providing additional staff support
• Offering adaptive equipment

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. Check the Thornton Activities Guide for details. 

Social Activities

- Youth and Teen Night
- AIR Play Group
- Not your Average Bingo
- Seasonal Dances 

Enrichment Classes and Sports

- Special Olympics Sports   
- Enrichment programs including art, music, cooking, and games  
- AIR Gymnastics, Swim, and Dance lessons
- Fitness programs

AIR Adventures 

Opportunities for individuals with physical limitations to use adaptive equipment. 

- Adaptive cycling with adaptive sport partners
- Adaptive hiking through track chair program at Staunton State Park
- Adaptive rock climbing

Get Involved

Volunteer

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 having fun.  Please contact Becky at Becky.Post@ThorntonCO.gov to discuss opportunities or complete an application online.  

Therapeutic Recreation Internships 

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

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