The OAS Breaking Barriers Blog

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Volunteer this summer with OAS!

With continued modifications and precautions, OAS is excited to offer a full slate of summer programs and welcome returning and NEW volunteers to help our community continue to breakdown barriers to the outdoors.  OAS is also seeking “behind the scenes” support with equipment maintenance, administrative, and fundraising volunteer opportunities.  Read below on how to sign […]

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Oregon Adaptive Sports Adds Three New Board Members

Twenty-four years and counting. That’s how long Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) has been providing snow opportunities for the people in our community with disabilities. From children to older adults, OAS volunteers and instructors help athletes with disabilities enjoy the freedom of outdoor winter sports featuring alpine skiing and snowboarding at both Hoodoo and Mt. Bachelor […]

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Ruffwear Website Features Adaptive Athlete, Anna Soens

The performance dog gear brand, Ruffwear, has featured a story about Anna Soens and her four-legged friend, Bernie, right on the homepage of their website! Ruffwear is an outdoor-oriented outfitter that strives to provide gear for companions and working dogs alike. A photo under the main navigation bar of Ruffwear’s website features Anna on a […]

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OAS on KTVZ – Adaptive is our middle name.

OAS commenced its 24th winter programming season this week, once again creating access to the mountains for individuals with disabilities.  Central Oregon news outlet KTVZ  covered the story: OAS programs at Mt. Bachelor opened December 21st and run through March 28, 2021. Hoodoo programs open Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays starting January 14th, 2021 and will […]

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Ken skiing with family members.

Growing up and growing strong with OAS

Throughout this challenging year OAS has continued to create critical access to the mountains to support athletes like Ken who are growing up with our community.  We hope you appreciate Ken’s letter and will consider a financial gift to OAS this holiday season.  Our efforts are only possible because of your support, thank you! Donate […]

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group of folks in kayaks on sparks lake grouped together holding onto each other's boats and smiling for photo

Countdown to Winter – Summer Equipment Storage

by Matt Porter OAS Staff Hello OAS community! As we transition somewhat abruptly into winter, here are some thoughts on what to do to store your summer gear for next season. Note: This is not an all inclusive list of gear care steps, you are taking the responsibility to do your own research on proper […]

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Countdown to Winter – OAS Grant Program!

by Pat Addabbo, Executive Director Snow is in the forecast for the mountains OAS calls home and we are getting excited for the season ahead! The OAS team is finalizing winter operating plans and will be announcing those details soon. As we all start to prepare for ski season we are also anticipating the further […]

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Strengthen Your Inner Landscape: Full Breath

by Kadee Mardula OAS Staff Life always has something coming out way, it is beautiful and stressful. Take a moment out of your day to fill your lungs and let everything go.  Feel free to reach out with any questions, suggested adaptations or other requests for Kadee via our contact page. Practice: Full Breath Like […]

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Accessible Route of the Week: Dee Wright Observatory

New routes highlighted regularly! by Hayley McClure OAS Staff Now is the time to explore the wonders of the Cascades! Located 15 miles west of Sisters, OR is one of the most awe inspiring vantage points of the Central Oregon Cascade range. From July through October, Highway 242 is clear of snow and open to […]

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Judith Huemann and the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

by Pat Addabbo OAS Executive Director “We have a right to be equal members of society no matter where we live.” – Judith Huemann (pictured, front row 3rd from left) This week marked the 30th anniversary of President George H.W. Bush signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act.  This legislation was a milestone in […]

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demonstration of how wrist adaptation works

Kayak Adaptations

Learn how to outfit your kayak to fit your adaptation needs! by Matt Porter OAS Staff If you are interested in adaptive kayaking or already have your own boat and need to make modifications for adaptability, this article will take a look at some of the ways the boat and paddle can be modified with […]

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Strengthen Your Inner Landscape: Disability Etiquette  

Etiquette basics to help you build a fully inclusive environment. by Kadee Mardula OAS Staff Our vision at Oregon Adaptive Sports is to have a fully inclusive environment where every human, in support of differences, is celebrated for who they are and what they bring to outdoor recreation. Feeling comfortable interacting with people who have […]

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