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EXPAND Program for People With Disabilities

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About EXPAND

Welcome

Hi and welcome to EXPAND! We work to enhance the lives of people with disabilities through the fun of recreation while promoting development and growth through our programs. Our full time staff consists of five Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) who are dedicated to help people of all abilities enjoy life. We use recreation and leisure activities to help our participants learn and practice:

  • Social skills, community integration and making new friends
  • Physical fitness and emotional health
  • Independence and self-confidence
  • Connect people and families with their community resources
  • Communication skills and appropriate expression of emotions
  • Leisure awareness and skills
  • Adventures and having FUN!

History and Mission of EXPAND

Philosophy/Mission: People with disabilities have the right and should be given the opportunity to choose to participate in recreation and leisure programs within their community. The EXPAND program helps people with disabilities to improve and gain new recreation and leisure skills that will enhance participant’s overall well-being and to improve their quality of life.

Vision: People with disabilities will participate fully in community recreation and leisure activities which enhance quality of life and foster respect for diversity and acceptance of all.

Goals: 

Provide recreation and leisure programs and services for people with disabilities in the City of Boulder and surrounding areas, including:

  • Advocating for inclusion of people with disabilities into the community;
  • Increasing the community’s awareness and understanding of the leisure needs and interests of people with disabilities;
  • Advocating for, and assisting with making all community recreation facilities and programs accessible to people with disabilities;
  • Educating people with disabilities, their families and care givers about existing community recreation programs, facilities and services.

EXPAND’s history: In 1979 Holly von Helms, a parent of a daughter with a disability, spearheaded a therapeutic recreation task force after realizing there was a lack of recreation services in the Boulder community for people with disabilities. City Council agreed, and in the winter of 1980 the first EXPAND programs began! Today, there are currently five full-time CTRS on staff and approximately 1,800 participations each year.

We are committed to supporting people of all abilities in recreation through both specialized and inclusive programs. We strive to exceed the requirements set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act and to create a welcoming and supportive community.

If you require an accommodation, please notify us at least two weeks in advance. For more information, contact Lori Goldman at 303-413-7256.

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

In short, we’re the fun guys!  We want to know people’s dreams and what they want to be able to do to help make them happy. We will then work on how to get there.

In more formal terms, therapeutic recreation (TR) is using recreation and leisure activities to help teach, practice or regain skills needed for life. For example, if a person needs to work on balance, a recreational therapist may suggest going on a hike along a dirt path. This form of treatment allows people to work towards independence while at the same time having fun. In the community setting, much of the work is done in groups, allowing people to practice social skills, making friends and building a support network for themselves. 

TR can be found in many settings and used for many populations including hospitals, rehabilitation centers and community recreation centers. We require our full time staff to be Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) which requires a 4-year degree and passing a national certification exam. In addition, staff must receive 50 hours of continuing education every five years to stay certified. We feel this helps ensure staff are up to date on the current trends and issues in our field and are passionate about what they do.

More information on therapeutic recreation

What types of disabilities does EXPAND work with?

We support people who happen to have a disability or diagnosis. We recognize that each person is an individual who has their own thoughts, hopes, dreams and needs. We want to get to know you so we can support you in the best way possible.
In Boulder, 11 to 15 percent of individuals have some type of disability. We will help support anyone we can who asks for assistance.

The majority of our specialized programs (found in the EXPAND section of the Parks and Recreation Guide) tend to be for people with developmental disabilities, but we also have specialized programs for people with mild traumatic brain injuries, physical disabilities and pain issues. In addition, we run a summer camp for youth with mental health diagnosis/behavioral issues. Please look at our section in the Parks and Recreation Guide for additional information on specific programs and let us know if you have any questions.

Through inclusion support, we can help support anyone feeling like they need additional assistance in a general recreation program to be successful. For additional information on this, or if you would like assistance, please contact Lori Goldman at 303-413-7256 or GoldmanL@bouldercolorado.gov. You can also see more information on inclusion below.

Some of the people we have supported in the past have diagnosis such as:

  • Autism
  • Blindness/Visual Impairments
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness/Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Physical Disabilities such as Spinal Cord Injuries, Spina Bifida or Paralysis
  • Psychiatric Disabilities

Staff and Contact Information

 

From left to right: Lori, Cory, Sherri, Chelsea, Jennifer

Lori Goldman, CTRS

Recreation Supervisor – Therapeutic Programs

NCTRC #: 50198

Lori began working in the field of therapeutic recreation in 2001 and spent the next 14 years providing recreation programs and services, recruiting volunteers, supervising interns, assessing risk management, and advocating for individuals with disabilities in recreation. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse and has extensive experience working with people with developmental disabilities, autism and mental health diagnosis in both residential and community settings. In 2015, Lori continued her career by accepting the supervisor position with EXPAND’s Boulder Parks and Recreation Department.  

“I envision a community where everyone knows who EXPAND is and the importance of the work we do! Through education and positive experiences, I hope to help Boulder become an open, welcoming community for people of all abilities.”

When not at work, Lori enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 sons, playing ultimate Frisbee, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding.

Contact: 303-413-7256 or goldmanl@bouldercolorado.gov .

Sherri Brown, CTRS

Therapeutic Program Coordinator

NCTRC #: 28772

Sherri has been a program coordinator with EXPAND since 1994. She received her degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Northern Iowa. Currently, Sherri coordinates fitness and sports programs, including unified sports for athletes with and without disabilities and training programs for more than 100 athletes in 13 Special Olympic sports.

In the summer, Sherri coordinates Camp Amico, a 6-week summer camp experience for 8-16 year olds with developmental disabilities and their peers. As a senior staff, Sherri Brown has provided positive leadership and assisted with a variety of administrative positions throughout her career. 

“I have the best job…hanging and working with the best group of athletes around!”

Outside of work, Sherri enjoys being out on a boat waterskiing and wakeboarding, exercising, snowboarding and spending time with her husband and daughter.

Contact: 303-441-4933, 303-704-9823 or brownsh@bouldercolorado.gov .

Chelsea Cerny, CTRS

Therapeutic Program Coordinator

NCTRC #: 67220

Chelsea began her journey with EXPAND in 2008 by working part time as she attended the University of Colorado. She loved it so much she obtained her CTRS and jumped on board as a program coordinator in 2015. Chelsea coordinates the outdoor adventure programs as well as a large portion of the youth programming.

In the summer, she runs Outdoor Adventure Camp, a summer day camp for children with mental health diagnoses. Her previous experience working at a home for teenage girls, her love of working with children and her passion and skill for supporting children with behavioral disabilities makes Chelsea the perfect person to lead this camp. Chelsea thinks she has the best job because it combines so many things she loves.

“I get to provide recreation opportunities and build relationships with the best of Boulder!”

In her spare time, Chelsea loves rock climbing, hiking, snowboarding, backpacking, reading books and cooking.

Contact: 303-551-5329 or cernyc@bouldercolorado.gov .

Cory Lasher, CTRS

Therapeutic Program Coordinator

NCTRC #: 39133

After earning her degree in therapeutic recreation from Metropolitan State College of Denver, Cory started working as a program coordinator with EXPAND in 1996. Cory is responsible for EXPAND’s Leisure and Cultural programs and coordinates Journeys through EXPAND; a program designed for adults who have acquired a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. She also co-coordinates inclusion support for Boulder Parks and Recreation’s Summer Camps.

Cory's favorite thing to say when she gets up in front of a crowd is, “I have the best job ever!  I play and get paid for it!”  

Cory finds satisfaction in her work because there are so many aspects of her job where she has the opportunity to work with a variety of participants, volunteers, interns, and the community at large. When not at work, Cory enjoys being outdoors and spending her summers at a local water park.

Contact: 303-413-7269 or lasherc@bouldercolorado.gov.

Jennifer Heilveil, CTRS

Therapeutic Program Coordinator

NCTRC #: 48357

Jen has been a Program Coordinator with the EXPAND Program since 2001. She received her BA from Metropolitan State College in Denver and completed an internship at Craig Hospital working with people with physical disabilities and brain injuries.

Currently, Jen coordinates EXPAND’s aquatic programs, a stretch and smile program and co-coordinates summer camp inclusion support.

The people that come to my programs are the highlight of my work. I love providing programs that help people get healthy and live their lives to the fullest! I look forward to the next 15 years of providing fun and meaningful activities.”

During her free time, Jen enjoys road biking, hiking, camping, boating and spending time with her friends and family.

Contact: 303-413-7474 or heilveilj@bouldercolorado.gov .

Registration, forms, scholarships

Parks and Recreation Guide

For current program offerings, please see our Parks and Recreation Guide.

Online Registration

To register for programs, please go to online registration for EXPAND programs. If you need additional assistance, feel free to contact a recreation center or an EXPAND staff member.

Participant Information Form

We request that you complete our Annual EXPAND Participant Information Form docx in order to serve you better. Please complete the form, save it to your computer and email it to expandforms@bouldercolorado.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

If you would like to participate in programs or visit the recreation center but you need financial assistance to do so, see our financial aid and scholarship information. Please note that all scholarship money is fundraised, so available funds may vary each year. 

In addition, we ask that everyone pay something if it is at all possible. We find that participants have better follow through on coming to programs and using their passes if they have contributed something towards it. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Goldman, 303-413-7256 or GoldmanL@bouldercolorado.gov.

How is EXPAND Funded?

We want to give a huge thank you to those who help support our mission through financial assistance!  We could not offer so many wonderful programs and services without your support!

City of Boulder: The majority of our funding comes directly from the City of Boulder General Fund. City of Boulder budget information

PLAY Boulder Foundation: The PLAY Boulder Foundation supports excellence in parks and recreation by mobilizing community support through education, philanthropy and advocacy. PLAY supports EXPAND by helping to raise awareness and by supporting our fundraising efforts such as the EXPAND Duck Race. PLAYBoulder

EXPAND Beyond, Inc –EXPAND Beyond is a non-profit created to support EXPAND’s waterski program for people with physical disabilities. They fundraise to get equipment, help find and train volunteers and inspire us to keep this amazing program running.  EXPAND Beyond, Inc. 

Grants – Currently, EXPAND receives two grants annually to support various programs and services.

  • Dr. Scholl Foundation Grant mainly supports our Outdoor Adventure Camp serving elementary aged youth with mental health diagnosis to have a successful summer camp experience! Additional funds go to Camp Amico and Special Olympic training programs.
  • Boulder County Grant for Developmental Disabilities – This grant from Boulder County helps support EXPAND’s mission by providing additional money for inclusion services through our department. This can mean things such as sign language interpreters, 1:1 staff and adaptive equipment.

Individual Donations – EXPAND accepts and appreciates donations from individuals throughout the year.  Money donated directly to us can go in a special account and can either be earmarked for a specific service or program (at the donor’s discretion) or can be used for additional services.  Money from individual donations is 100 percent used for our participants and does not go towards any overhead costs.

Special Events/Fundraising – Once a year EXPAND! has one big fundraiser, THE DUCK RACE! Participating in the annual duck race is a great and fun way to support your community and EXPAND! All proceeds go to providing scholarships for people unable to afford or programs, purchasing adaptive equipment such as water wheelchairs and allowing EXPAND to provide additional programs for people of all abilities. These help us create an inclusive, supportive community here in Boulder, Colorado!

EXPAND also loves to partner with places to help us raise funds for our participants and programs. For example, in 2016 we partnered with McGuckins through a “round up at the register” campaign. If you are interested in partnering with EXPAND in a similar way, please contact Lori Goldman, 303-413-7256 or GoldmanL@bouldercolorado.gov.

 

Programs

Specialized, inclusive or drop-in - what's right for you?

EXPAND offers several types of programs and people often want to know “Which should I sign up for?” Here’s a breakdown of several popular programs and services we offer.  We feel you have the right to choose which type works best for you.

SPECIALIZED Programs

These are programs created specifically for people with disabilities. Our general staff ratio for adult programs is 1 staff:4 participants. For youth programs it is 1 staff: 3 participants. If you feel you or your child/participant will need additional support, please let us know.

Programs are offered in the areas of Adventure, Sports, Fitness, Leisure & Aquatics. We also offer training programs and compete in several Special Olympic sports and tournaments throughout the year.

Unless otherwise listed, most programs are created for people with developmental disabilities. 

INCLUSIVE Programs

Any general recreation program offered through the Boulder Parks & Recreation Department is available to anyone who meets the minimum requirements (with or without an accommodation) to participate. If you register for the program through the Boulder Parks & Recreation Department, EXPAND can help provide support.

Contractual programs are also required to provide support for people requesting accommodation, but it will be provided by the contracting agency instead of EXPAND. If you register for a program through a different agency, then it is contractual.

We ask for a 2-week notice when requesting an accommodation. This will give us time to discover what support is needed and to help set it up.

We strive for all of our youth programs to be inclusive by having peer mentors attend.  For more information on this, please see our Peer Mentor Section.

Drop-In

People of any ability are welcome to come to the recreation center to “drop in."  This can mean attending a drop in class, using the weight room, using the pool or going to open gym.

When dropping in, people should be independent, as support is not provided.  For example, if you want to swim, you would need to be able to navigate through the locker room, change and enter the pool independently.

If you need assistance to be independent, you are able to bring an “assistant” in to the recreation center with you.  The assistant does not need to pay to enter, but they do need to check in with you at the front desk.  You will still be required to pay the basic entrance fee.

If you know you will be consistently coming to a drop in class and you require an accommodation, please contact Lori Goldman, 303-413-7256 or GoldmanL@bouldercolorado.gov to discuss some options.

To see all of our current program offerings, please see the Parks and Recreation Guide.

Inclusion support and the inclusion process

We support the inclusion of all people in our programs. In order to ensure the success of the program, we request a two-week notice when people are requesting an accommodation be made for a program. This time allows us to discover what would be helpful and time to find the staff or equipment needed to set each person up for success! Please note, there are no additional fees required when a person receives an accommodation.

There are several ways to request an accommodation:

  • If you are registering in person or over the phone, let the registration staff know that you need an accommodation. They will pass your information on to the correct person.
  • If you are registering online, please contact a staff member from EXPAND – see our Staff and Contact Information page for contact information.

Below are some examples of accommodations we have supported in the past. Please note that all accommodations are individualized (as required by the American with Disabilities Act):

  • Creating a picture schedule to be used during a program
  • Creating an incentive program using star or sticker charts and prizes for positive behavior
  • Having a behavior support plan
  • Hiring a sign language interpreter for a program or meeting
  • Providing additional training for the general recreation staff
  • Having staff use a microphone to make the noise level louder for people with hearing impairments
  • Putting Braille on our workout machines
  • Providing a 1:1 staff to accompany a person in a class

Our philosophy is that all of our staff members should be able to work with every participant. Because of this, we encourage and train staff in a program or camp to work with all children or adults. If a 1:1 staff is required, it will be provided, but the person who is supporting your child may switch throughout the day(s). This helps staff stay fresh, helps more people have experience and learn that disabilities are just a part of life and not to be feared, and helps the participant as they learn to work with many different people. Throughout this, we will ensure that all staff are trained and are using the same tools to support our participants.

Camps

We offer specialized camps for specific populations. In addition, you may sign up for one of the general camps offered through our Parks and Recreation Guide.

CAMP AMICO – for youth and teens ages 10 to 17 years old with developmental disabilities
Camp Amico began in 2015 where it was only for two weeks. We had such great feedback and demand that we were able to increase it to six weeks in 2016!

Camp Amico uses peer mentors (teens without disabilities) to help make this program a more inclusive experience. For more information, please see our peer mentor information below. 

For additional information, contact Sherri Brown at 303-441-4933 or BrownSh@bouldercolorado.gov.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CAMP – for elementary aged children with mental health diagnosis/behavioral issues/emotional difficulties

This unique camp helps provide a summer camp experience for youth who have often had a difficult time in a general summer camp setting. The goal is to help support each child in having a positive and successful summer experience helping to increase self-esteem, social skills and coping skills.
Please see OAC’s webpage for more information.
More information

Sports for People with Physical Disabilities

About the program: Sport opportunities in Boulder

Our core objective is to support the growth of community-based Paralympic sport programs that accommodate injured veterans and people with physical disabilities. Activities include Wheelchair Rugby, Track and Field, Handcycling, Power Soccer, Water Skiing, Kayaking and Swimming.

The city of Boulder Parks and Recreation EXPAND program has received a grant from U.S. Paralympics to provide support and mentoring to injured veterans and people with physical disabilities. Participants are introduced to adaptive sport techniques and opportunities through clinics and camps as well as the Parks & Recreation Department's ongoing Paralympic sport programs.

The program isn't just about sports; it's also about attitude, camaraderie and promoting healthy, active lifestyles. Mentors play a huge role in this process. Made up of Paralympic athletes- athletes who have gone through similar experiences, mentors help participants overcome their own physical disabilities to achieve excellence.

With 21 million Americans currently living with physical disabilities,adaptive sports and recreation is an important community need. The city of Boulder Parks & Recreation EXPAND Program and U.S. Paralympics is leading the development of new Paralympic sport programs and opportunities.

To learn more about our Paralympic Sport Program contact Jen Heilveil, EXPAND program coordinator, at 303-413-7474.


Paralympic Sport Club

Our core objective is to support the growth of community-based Paralympic sport programs that accommodate people with physical disabilities. Activities include wheelchair rugby, track and field, handcycling, power soccer, waterskiing and kayaking.

To get involved, contact Jen Heilveil at 303-413-7474 or heilveilj@bouldercolorado.gov .


One-Off Events

Participants combine 4-wheel downhill mountain biking and adaptive hand cycling.


Waterskiing

Boulder’s EXPAND program has given individuals with physical disabilities (amputee, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, muscular sclerosis and traumatic brain injury) the opportunity to hit the open water and water-ski for the last 29 years.

Every Tuesday morning from June to August, numerous volunteers and participants gather at the Boulder Reservoir. From 7 to 11 a.m. the water-skiers cruise up and down the reservoir, smiling the whole time. Below are what two participants have remarked about the adaptive water-ski program.

“The program was run extremely smoothly. I was able to come at 7 a.m. and be at work by 9 a.m. I arrived and before I knew what happened, I was behind a boat going 20 mph across the water. Thanks!” ~Anonymous

“I have been doing this program for 15 years and I wait all year for it to happen.” ~Katie Kirkham

If you’re interested as either a participant or a volunteer, call Cory Lasher at 303-413-7269 or email her at lasherc@bouldercolorado.gov.

Journeys - for People with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI)

Journeys through EXPAND provides recreation and leisure programs for adults with mild traumatic brain injuries and other similar neurological conditions. When it began in 2004, the money was all fundraised by Cory Lasher to run these programs.  In 2009, the City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department was able to start financially supporting the program and has been ever since. Cory continues to use her passion for working with this population coming up with new, innovative programs helping ensure people feel supported and are enjoying life.

What's New

About Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Each year, more than 9 million people in the U.S. will suffer a brain injury and approximately 80 percent of those will be diagnosed as mild.

The degree (level) of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined in both a medical and functional manner. Medically, the degree of TBI is determined by the amount of time in coma or in Post Traumatic Amnesia (PTA) (The longer time unconscious, the more medically severe the TBI).

Functionally, the outcome of TBI is determined by the ability to continue to function in activities of daily living, including work, school, homemaking, social interactions and recreational/leisure activities.

Many persons with TBI who are not medically diagnosed as severe can have devastating functional outcomes.

Mission

Journeys through EXPAND provides fitness, adventure and leisure opportunities for adults who have suffered a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (MTBI). These services promote:

  • Personal challenge
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Growth in a supportive and safe environment.

Journeys allow participants to enjoy success and rebuild confidence with others who share their MTBI experience.


Goals

  • To increase total body conditioning and to help support neural pathways through fitness classes.
  • To improve decision making ability, cognitive functioning and self-esteem through leisure and adventure programming.
  • To provide the opportunity to build relationships with others who have similar limitations and to express themselves through art in a safe, self-paced environment.

Programs offered:

  • Fitness
  • Leisure
  • Adaptive Water-ski
  • Adventure Trips
  • Pottery /Painting/Crafting
  • Community Outings
  • And much more …

Why Participate?

Our programs are affordable because we understand that recreational activities can play a major role in the healing process of MTBI. Anyone can receive some kind of financial assistance with our program.  To inquire, call Cory Lasher at 303-413-7269.

Many participants claimed that taking these programs have helped in their recovery in many different ways. By participating in these programs, you meet others who have had similar experiences and learn about other resources that may help you in your recovery and/or your personal journey living with a MTBI.

Participants say it best . . .

“Journey’s through EXPAND has opened the door and given me back my self-confidence since my accident six years ago. It is a supportive environment and I feel safe to challenge myself and I am not afraid of being judged.”

How to Help

  • Donate your time to teach a class that meets our mission.
  • Donate crafting supplies.
  • Donate money to support our scholarship fund that many of our individuals need in order to participate.

Staff

Each program will provide staff who have worked with clients with MTBI. Staff may consist of a Certified Recreational Therapist, a Certified Fitness Trainer or other professionals providing education, instruction and support. Our staff strive to meet your physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual challenges in a safe and structured environment.

Sign up for our Journeys e-mail list: Send an email to Cory Lasher at lasherc@bouldercolorado.gov.

Further information:
Cory Lasher, CTRS
303-413-7269
lasherc@bouldercolorado.gov

Peer Mentor Program - getting youth of all abilities involved

Who are peer mentors?   Boys at Friday Night Fun

Peers mentors are youth ages 10 to16 without disabilities who are excited to make new friends and participate in recreation or leisure opportunities with their peers who have disabilities. 

Why are peer mentors important? 

Our peer mentors help to create a more inclusive environment for many of our youth programs.  We find that it is a beneficial experience for both our youth with and without disabilities.  Peer mentors may be provided with leadership opportunities; however, most importantly, we find that their presence provides for more opportunities for friendships between a variety of people. Our hope is that friendships start in our programs and are carried out into the schools and our community helping to create a Boulder that is more inclusive and accepting of people with all abilities.

Where do we need peer mentors? 

Peer mentors are welcome in almost any program in which is it age appropriate.  Some programs such as Unified Sports, Friday Night Fun, and Camp Amico are designed specifically for peer mentors to be involved.

Do peer mentors need to pay for a program? 

In most cases, we ask peer mentors to register and pay a fee to participate in a program. This is in order to keep the cost of programs low for EVERYONE and assists in covering things such as supplies, transportation and supervision.  For some programs, there will be a separate code for peer mentors to register with, so please contact the coordinator of the program before registering if you are not sure.

Peer Mentor Opportunities pdf

For additional information about our peer mentor program, please contact Chelsea Cerny 303-441-3416 or CernyC@bouldercolorado.gov

Get Involved

Volunteer

Volunteers are an important part our programs! About 250 people volunteer each year to support programs and special events. Our volunteers can assist with adaptive water skiing in the summer, skiing the slopes in the winter, helping coach one of our Special Olympics teams and more! We are all about having a good time at EXPAND!

Volunteering is easy! Simply check out our EXPAND Volunteer Opportunities pdf flier and follow the instructions. 

For additional information, please see the Boulder Parks and Recreation Volunteer Information.

Employment

Interested in working with EXPAND?  We’d love to have you be part of our team! Potential positions available include:

  • Full Time Therapeutic Program Coordinator (CTRS required)
  • Therapeutic Recreation Program Leaders – variable hour positions that work at our programs and inclusions throughout the year.
  • Camp Director – Seasonal position that works at one of our summer camps. Due to state licensing, specific requirements apply.
  • Camp Leaders - Seasonal position that works at one of our summer camps. Due to state licensing, specific requirements apply.

For current openings, please see the City of Boulder’s Job Postings.

Intern

Come join our team! EXPAND accepts up to nine interns per year; three in each of the following seasons: winter/spring, summer and fall. We love working with interns because they bring a fresh, new perspective and a lot of energy to our programs and team. 

Interns are supervised by one of the five EXPAND staff members and will get a chance to work with all of us. We strive to have you involved in all aspects of our jobs so you leave understanding what it takes to be a community-based recreational therapist. Our internship meets all NCTRC standards so you too can take the test and become a CTRS!  

Intern Testimonials

Kat: Spending my summer interning with EXPAND was nonstop fun! I independently facilitated programs, assisted in adaptive water skiing, and met new people at dances and overnight camp outs. All five of the therapeutic recreation supervisors really push you to take charge and use your imagination. Getting the opportunity to work with five different CTRS’s gave me lots of great experience and knowledge that helped make me more well rounded, and see things from all different perspectives. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work for such an amazing program. - Summer 2016

Sam: Interning with EXPAND during the summer was one of the best experience I could ask for. From different recreational activities such as water aerobics, to campout trips, to adaptive waterskiing, I learned how facilitate programs and how to work with wide variety of populations. The EXPAND supervisors welcomed us interns with open arms and were always willing to help, but at the same time challenging us to think outside the box. Finishing out my internship EXPAND made me even more passionate about therapeutic recreation. – Summer 2016

Nicole: Going into an internship it is hard to know what to expect and it can be a little intimidating at first, but my internship with Boulder EXPAND has been nothing but an amazing experience.  All five of our therapeutic recreation supervisors are so welcoming and provide such a warm environment in order to make us interns feel comfortable and confident in our abilities to succeed.  I am so so blessed to have done my internship with EXPAND, and to work with so many different types of unique people, both in the office and out of the office with our programs. After working with EXPAND, I feel that they give us amazing opportunities to learn from others, and to learn from ourselves.  I wouldn't trade the summer for anything. – Summer 2016

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Donate

We appreciate your donations!  Funds go towards providing scholarships for people unable to afford our programs and services, purchasing adaptive equipment such as water wheelchairs, and allowing EXPAND to provide additional programs for people of all abilities. These help us create an inclusive, supportive community here in Boulder, Colorado!

There are several ways to make a tax-deductible donation:

  • To donate online, donate through PLAY Boulder
  • To donate directly to the city with a credit card, please contact Lori Goldman, 303-413-7256
  • To donate by check, please make check payable to City of Boulder and mail it to:
    East Boulder Community Center - EXPAND
    C/O Lori Goldman
    5660 Sioux Drive
    Boulder, CO 80303

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