Wilderness Adventures

Our Mission

TA – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures (TA-AWA) exists to support persons of ALL ages and abilities by providing quality adaptive paddling instruction and adaptive paddling trips.

Our Commitment

Recognizing the important therapeutic benefits of paddling, TA – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures (TA-AWA) provides leadership, programs and specialty therapeutic services to educate, to challenge, and to inspire our clients to improve their fitness and overall quality of life through active participation in paddling. What differentiates TA – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures (TA-AWA) from other programs is: (1) our unparalleled experience serving individuals with a wide diversity of disabilities; (2) our broad scope of educational and rehabilitation – programs~projects~events; (3) our guiding core values and operational ethics; and (4) our commitment to safety and service.

Our History

Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. has developed a unique and integrative approach to instruction using: our IndependencePlus Model, our adaptive Circle of Courage model, and our Adaptive Outdoor Skills Mastery System. Through our unique approach to teaching, coaching, guiding and mentoring, we embolden our adaptive students/clients to set goals and to strive for functional independence. Our belief that ALL persons learn and benefit by being provided with opportunities to develop self-awareness, self-confidence, and self- reliance – has provided Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. with a proven framework for success. TA supports individuals and families, helping them to make positive lifestyle choices in the environments where adaptive sports and outdoor adventure activities are offered and enjoyed.

Our Adaptive Wilderness Adventures Disciplines

Our Adaptive Wilderness Adventures Mastery System features a variety of programs as well as instruction/guide services to meet your needs. All of our programs and services are carefully designed to help learn the necessary skills, techniques and judgment needed to safely experience the adaptive wilderness adventures world.

Starting with the basics, our Adaptive Wilderness Adventures Mastery System follows a progression, allowing you to achieve your most advanced level of independence as quickly as possible. Course content has been organized so each successive instructional session picks up where the last one ended with no overlap or gaps.wilderness adventures

Hiking & Backpacking ~ Camping ~ Rock Climbing


Our approach, Adaptive Wilderness Adventures, is one which has a proven history of success!

Shared Adventures – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures Package

For families and friends who wish to share the Adaptive Wilderness Adventures experience together with their spouse, sibling, child, or friend who has a disability (physical, developmental or chronic medical condition). – Includes instruction/guiding, equipment and adaptive equipment for the whole family or group.
As each program is different, (offered in a wide variety of locations and outdoor environments at different times of the year), what is included will be different too. The number of participants, length of time, as well as the type of program and services you select will determine what is included. That is a choice for you to make!

TA – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures – Ambulatory

Instructional progressions are adapted to address the needs of those individuals who have the torso, upper extremity and lower extremity strength to support, to balance, and to coordinate movements while standing upright. Generally these individuals ambulate (walk) with minimal to moderate assistance or independently. These individuals may have one or more of the following: motor/sensory impairments, range of motion (ROM) limitations, or motor planning deficits in one or more limbs – either upper extremities or lower extremities or on one side of the body (hemiplegic). These individuals may also, from time to time, use prosthetic or orthotic devices and/or assistive aides such as (cane{s}, forearm crutches, or a walker, etc.) A partial list of ambulatory individuals who may use our TA -Adaptive Wilderness Adventures progressions includes: persons with developmental disabilities, stroke (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), upper extremity limb deficiency/amputees, lower extremity limb deficiency/amputees, mild cerebral palsy (CP), multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic health impairments (diabetes, cancer, etc.) blind/visually impaired, deaf/hearing impaired, etc.

TA – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures – Wheelchair Users

Instructional progressions are adapted to address the needs of those individuals (a) who use a wheelchair as their primary means of mobility, and/or those (b) who fatigue and may require periodic use of a wheelchair split with some standing/walking. These individuals may have one or more of the following: (a) strong upper extremities, (b) impaired upper extremities, (c) impaired lower extremities, (d) good torso/trunk balance, (d) impaired torso/ trunk balance, (e) within normal limits (wnl) for motor/sensory, range of motion (ROM) and motor planning, (f) deficits in motor/sensory, range of motion (ROM) and motor planning in one or more limbs – either upper extremities or lower extremities or on one side of the body (hemiplegic). A partial list of wheelchair users who may use our TA – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures progressions includes: persons with lower extremity amputations, spinal cord injury (paraplegic), stroke (CVA), traumatic brain injury (TBI), spina bifida, cerebral palsy (CP), multiple sclerosis (MS), friedericks ataxia, etc.

TA – Adaptive Wilderness Adventures– Blind/Visually Impaired

Instruction and Guiding progressions in Adaptive Paddle Sports utilize a variety communications techniques, assistive technology and instruction/guiding to help the individual become aware of their ever-changing environmental surroundings. In addition to orienting the individual to their environment, guiding techniques assist persons to achieve functional independence through the use of verbal, auditory, tactile and proprioceptive cues. Throughout the course of this unique partnership between the guide and blind/ visually impaired client, all efforts must focus on developing a strong trusting relationship with a foundation that includes mutual respect, safety, fun, and common goals.

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