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CADS Purpose

To give people living with disabilities the opportunity to eliminate barriers that have prevented them in experiencing the Joy and Freedom of Snowsports.
Not only in a fun and inclusive environment that embraces diversity but in an accessible community that treats each individual with respect.


Visual Impairments

We have knowledge, equipment, tactics and skills to support people with visual impairments to participate in snowsports lessons.

Physical Impairments

We have knowledge, equipment, tactics and skills for anyone who requires balance or mobility support to participate in snowsports lessons.

Cognitive Impairments & ASD

We have knowledge, equipment, tactics and skills for neurodiverse and developmentally diverse students to participate in snowsports lessons.

CADS Athletes and Students

Figures based on disability


35
Physical Disabilities
5
Visual Impairments
60
Autism Spectrum Disorder & Cognitive Impairments

Development


Education


Sport


Business


CADS Key Focus


CADS supports and encourages over 2100 participants living with disabilities to be active for life and to work towards long term development. CADS also supports over 1600 certified instructors and over 1500 volunteers to fully participate and to develop their skills to achieve their greatest impact.

FUN

Indicated and measured by …smiles.

INCLUSION

Providing opportunities and support for everyone to slide on snow and feel a sense of belonging.

RESPECT

Working together to achieve acceptance, dignity, consideration and care for all.

Our Story

A brief history in motion


The Start
1961

Jerry Johnston becomes the ski school director at Sunshine Village Alberta

It wasn't too long before Jerry becomes intrigued with the idea of teaching young disabled people to ski.

early logo
1976

Canadian Adaptive Snowsports is founded

Jerry and other volunteers selflessly devote time to developing teaching methods and adapting equipment to build a fundamental approach to disabled snowsports in Canada..

The Middle
2000

Growth and consistency

CADS supports and encourages over 2100 participants living with disabilities and boasts a system of over 1600 certified instructors and 1500 volunteers.

2016

Inclusivity and development

CADS launches the first training module and certification program designed exclusively for teaching students and athletes with ASD and coginitive impairments.

2016

Snowboard Certification Modules

The CADS technical team creates and launches a new certification focussed on teaching adaptive snowboarding.

To be continued........

What's Happening Updates from the CADS Social Team

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Our ValuedPartners CADS receives generous support from these valuable partners