Desert Ability Center’s mission is to maximize the quality of life for people with disabilities by providing greater access to resources within the community that increase independence, promote mobility and improved health and support human rights through adaptive sports and recreational rehabilitation.
We are firm believers that people with disabilities should have the opportunity to enjoy those recreational opportunities all people enjoy. To this end we have rock climbed and gone off road in Joshua Tree, played ice sled hockey at the Desert Ice Castle in Cathedral City, played in the snow at USARC in Big Bear and wheelchair skateboarded at the Palm Springs Skatepark.
We believe in the power of sport and introduced wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and paracycling to our community.
We believe in the power of collaboration and launched the Coachella Valley DisAbilities Collaborative and the Adaptive Sports Advisory Council to bring together those individuals and organizations that serve children, youth and adults who live with disabilities to maximize resources both human and financial.
We believe in the power of peers and launched the Amputee Connection of Palm Desert to support those who live with limb loss and limb deficiency.
We believe in the power of athleticism and watched our paracyclists begin with 1-mile rides to improving their health and skill level to conquer 25-50 mile rides. These efforts did not go unnoticed and numerous Coachella Valley parathletes were granted funds to purchase their own paracycles and other adaptive equipment.
To create opportunities for people of all ages and any disability, we launched the DisAbility Sports Festival Coachella Valley. This is now the second largest adaptive sports festival in Southern California.
We believe in helping our veterans and service members who live with a disability re-discover their live and created a veteran focused event called Operation Ability. This 2-day even not only introduces our veterans to adaptive sports but provides them leadership training and incentivizes them to take adaptive sports back to their community.
The future of DAC is focused on continuing to interact with those who live with disabilities to determine how we can continue to serve their needs through a Transformational Change project that will begin this season.
Our goal is to create and adaptive sports and recreational rehabilitation center for people with disabilities. Your continued participation will support these efforts. Support adaptive sports. . .and bring a friend.