Welcome to Desert Ability Center. We are in the process of establishing a new 501(c)(3) so that we can continue to develop adaptive sports and recreational rehabilitation programs to meet the needs of people who live with disabilities.
Over the past seven years leading up to the establishment of DAC, we have accomplished a great deal to change the perception of people with disabilities, create opportunities and increase engagement through such events as the Tour de Palm Springs, the Patriot Ride, Santa Paws Run and Cycledelic. These efforts had a clear impact on these events resulting, for example, in the Tour de Palm Springs increasing the number of riders with disabilities from 4 to over 100 and the addition of a 1-mile walk, run, roll for those with disabilities and seniors.
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 lives 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 an adaptive sports and recreational rehabilitation center for people with disabilities. Your continued participation will support these efforts. Support adaptive sports. . .and bring a friend.
Judy May, CEO
Desert Ability Center