October eNews – 2014 - National Ability Center

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October eNews – 2014

Like many, the Delacenserie family moved to Park City for recreational opportunities. Unique to their story is that Kelsey, 26, has cerebral palsy and a developmental disability. Seeking adaptive programs, Nancy (Kelsey’s mom) discovered the National Ability Center. Nancy had high expectations of the organization, and when she saw the equestrian center was “blown away by this barn.” The family soon relocated to Utah.

Kelsey and Nancy both began riding in the equestrian program in 2005. Kelsey now participates in skiing, cycling, and camps, however horseback riding is her favorite. She has been named Participant of the Quarter in the equestrian program twice, and her proudest moment was cantering on Bill, a (now retired) program horse.

From the friendships formed, skills learned, and increased confidence and independence, the benefits of Kelsey’s participation at the National Ability Center have been immeasurable. Kelsey now works at Park City Mountain Resort, helping with lunch at the children’s ski school.

Nancy’s own participation has provided fun, friendships and the opportunity to ride with Kelsey. She now volunteers in the equestrian program. “It’s a community for both of us,” Nancy said. “It feels welcoming; like a second home.”


Anti-Bully and Ability Awareness
Ever try speaking with a mouthful of marshmallows? Or climbing a rock wall while holding a tennis ball? These are two examples of the things students at Weilenmann School of Discovery have been challenged with as part of an ongoing program at the National Ability Center focused on anti-bullying and ability awareness.

Students come once a week for four weeks, completing a different activity each time. Team-building exercises help them to identify the many forms bullying can take. They “try on” a disability as a simple way to teach compassion for others. Whether learning about Down syndrome, autism or visual impairment, the lesson stays consistent: just because someone is different than you doesn’t make them less than you.


United Way
For the sixth year in a row, volunteers from the office of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent United Way’s Day of Caring at the National Ability Center Ranch and Mountain Center.

More than 100 volunteers went to work on multiple projects, including building a new bridge for our sensory obstacle trail and 600 feet of new fence in the horse pasture.

We are so grateful for their remarkable effort and on-going commitment to our cause.

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