Participation in all Maine Adaptive programs is subject to review and evaluation by Maine Adaptive staff. All instruction is free of charge and by appointment.

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Guidelines for Participation

To participate in Maine Adaptive programming, an individual must:

  • Have a physical disability
  • Be age 4 or older (participants aged 4 & 5 will be scheduled for half day lessons and will need to have a parent or guardian present during the lesson)
  • Stand-up skiers (whether independent, on a slider, or on a tether) must be able to assist themselves in getting up from the snow.
  • Be seizure free for 3 months and stable on medication; in all cases of identified seizures, however, based on the nature of the activity and a review of the physician statement and medical history, Maine Adaptive may adopt appropriate program procedures to allow or preclude program participation.
  • Understand that s/he is participating with Maine Adaptive
  • Be able to actively participate & engage appropriately in the lesson
  • Provide necessary supervision and assistance for all non-lesson time
  • Less than 200 pounds if using sit-down ski equipment
  • Must be able to turn from face down to face up independently in water for paddle sports

Physical Disabilities may include (but are not limited to):

  • Amputations
  • Visual impairment and/or blindness
  • Deafness
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • PTS

Participation for individuals with non-physical disabilities

If a person has a non-physical disability, Maine Adaptive will teach up to three lessons in the winter, one lesson per sport in the summer. The purpose of this program is to get a family participating in recreation together. It is not meant to be a long term lesson program. These lessons will be scheduled if the participant:

  • Has been unsuccessful in a regular ski school or sport lesson, including private lessons
  • Has had an initial Maine Adaptive assessment*
  • Meets the rest of the guidelines outlined above

*The assessment will evaluate the individual’s behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and physical status to determine if they would be appropriate for follow up lessons. The assessment often occurs as part of the first lesson. If it is determined that the individual does not meet the guidelines for participation in Maine Adaptive, referrals to other adaptive recreation organizations can be made.


Transportation to all activities is ultimately the responsibility of the participant.  However, Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation does run a bus weekly in the winter from Portland to Sunday River.  Sign up when you register for lessons.

The ultimate goal of Maine Adaptive is to get individuals active, so they can enjoy sports with their family and friends independently.

Questions about getting involved:

Brandon Merry, Program Manager

(800) 639-7770 or (207) 824-2440 ext 1107