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.
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.
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
- Increased 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.
- 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.
- Creative Art Programs (painting, journaling, etc.)
- Adaptive Water-Ski
- Community Outings
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.
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.
Look for upcoming Journeys classes in the Parks and Recreation Guide.