Access Unbound’s mission is to transform and heal lives of people with disabilities from Colorado and elsewhere, regardless of age, background, or disability, by enabling access to world-class, professional adaptive snowsports instruction.
Access Unbound was founded in 2016 with funding from a generous supporter, who shared the founder's vision that financial need should not prevent people with disabilities from accessing high-quality, professional adaptive snowsports instruction.
Scholarships have been our primary focus and where we spend the bulk of our annual budget. In our short history, we have experienced tremendous growth in our scholarship program. in our first full season (2016-17), we gave 22 children and adults scholarships for 69 lessons; during the most recent season (2018-19), we awarded scholarships to 79 individuals with disabilities for nearly 360 lessons.
During this past winter season, we began our Instructor Incentive Program. We awarded stipends to 6 instructors for improving their professional knowledge and skills; however, we have worked hard to make Vail and Beaver Creek's adaptive instructors aware of the program and anticipate giving our many more awards during the upcoming season.
The equipment program is the smallest of the three programs. Through this program, we have received donations of adaptive equipment for use by the two programs and are using a small amount of our annual budget to purchase needed devices.