For our yearly holiday the family went down to the snow. While getting out of Sydney is always nice … holidays can sometimes be more work than being at home .. but still alot of fun.
One thing I discovered while I was away was information about the Disability Winter Sports Association (DWA).This organisation’s purpose is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy winter sports and to enjoy the magnificent environment that is Australia’s Snowy Mountains with fellow skiers.
Members of DWA receive concessions on lift passes, private lessons at all ski resorts in Australia and access to an extensive range of adaptive ski equipment that enables skiing, regardless of strength or ability. DWA members range from recreational skiers to Australia’s Winter Paralympians.
I met a young man that was on the Autism Spectrum and had a DWA passport. This passport allowed for him and a carer to receive the daily lift pass at 50% off and a major discount on private lessons. This is a great idea. Skiing is part of my husband’s family heritage. From a young age he had come down with his family to ski and I want my children to share in this experience. I had been concerned about what options were going to be available for him in regards to ski lessons. I love the Milo Kids Ski school. However I am sure that the Milo kids are not set up to cater for kids with special needs. The Disability Winter Sports Association and the benefits that membership provides allows for all with disbailities including Autism to be able to share in the wonders of winter sports.
For information on Membership and Applications for Membership visit the Disability Winter Sports Association