Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Rehabilitation Center at Mt. Ascutney Hospital to Host Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports Demo Day

The Rehabilitation Center at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) will host an event to demonstrate adaptive sports equipment and showcase year-round programs from Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports (VASS) on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM. Current and former MAHHC patients, family members, staff members, and the general public are invited to attend.

The demonstrations will include sporting gear adapted to help people who experience motor skill and perceptual disabilities to engage in a full range of sporting activities, from specially designed bicycles and watercraft to skis and snowboards. Representatives from VASS will also be available to discuss programming intended to get people outside in every season to exercise and compete. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, hiking, tennis, beeper baseball, EcoAble Adventures environmental programs, custom sports adventures and more.

According to longtime Rehabilitation Center Recreational Therapist Michael Denmeade, “Therapeutic Recreation is a vitally important part of the rehabilitation care we provide. Technology, ingenuity, and the determination of our patients make it possible for them to do the things they love as they improve or maintain function. Evidence shows that recreation has mental, social and physical health benefits. Yes, disabilities need to be accounted for, but we have first-hand experience that they don’t have to slow people down. This event will demonstrate how Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports works with us to empower patients.”

Belinda Needham-Shropshire, MAHHC Director of Rehabilitation Services calls VASS a vital resource for Rehabilitation Center staff and patients, and for people across the state, saying, “We’ve been proud to support Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports through our sponsorship of the Long Trail Ride, the VT 100 Endurance Race and other events. They’ve been invaluable partners, collaborating with us to make life better for the people we serve. Anyone who comes to this demo event will see some amazing gear and programming, designed for amazing people.”

For more information about the October 5 event contact Tom Alcorn, Senior Program Coordinator at Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports by email at or Mike Denmeade, Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Mt. Ascutney Hospital at 802-674-7293, email at



Tuesday, September 26, 2017