The National Ability Center
The National Ability Center exists to transform the lives of individuals of all ages and abilities by building self-esteem, confidence and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs. As a global leader, the National Ability Center provides more than a dozen adaptive recreational programs specifically designed for participants with varied limitations and supported within a nationally-recognized and fully-accessible facility. We are committed to meeting the current and emerging needs of our local community, state and nation.
Since 1985, the National Ability Center has grown to serve 2,500 participants annually with more than a 100 different types of disabilities, including orthopedic, spinal cord, neuromuscular, visual and hearing impairments, as well as cognitive, emotional, and developmental disabilities. Participants come from all socio-economic backgrounds and range in age from young children to aging adults. Additionally, through partnerships with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Community Based Warrior Transition Unit (CBWTU), Warrior Transition Unit of the United States Army and many more, the National Ability Center offers specific programs for returning servicemen and women who were emotionally or physically injured in combat. Over the past few years, the National Ability Center has grown its military programs significantly, enabling us to serve more than 800 U.S. servicemen and women in 2011-12. Military programs include health and wellness retreats and individual activity opportunities for U.S. servicemen and women and their families.
The variety and quality of programs offered by the National Ability Center are complimented by a world-class facility and location designed to support the success of individuals of all abilities. The Bronfman Recreational Center and Ranch, a 26-acre ranch campus in Park City, Utah, includes a comprehensive equestrian facility with outdoor and heated indoor arenas, fully-accessible 26-room guest lodge, indoor climbing wall, challenge course, conference meeting rooms and administrative offices. This property is adjacent to 700 acres of protected space, including 30 miles of public trails maintained for Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Throughout the winter, the National Ability Center supports adaptive ski and snowboard programs at nearby highly-rated resorts: Deer Valley, Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort, which is home to the National Ability Center’s Mountain Center. In addition to our campus, guests and families visiting the National Ability Center have access to various Olympic and Paralympic training centers, four aquatics pools and 300 additional miles of trails in the mountains and valleys surrounding Park City.