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Causes: Camps, Health, Health Care, Sports, Sports Associations & Training Facilities, Winter Sports

Mission: Achieve Tahoe is a leading nonprofit organization, which provides sports rehabilitation and therapeutic recreation programs as a vehicle in the development of a positive self-image and an achieving attitude for people with disabilities. Our clients will tell you with pride, "If I can do this, I can do anything!"SM

Target demographics: people with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 500 people with disabilities and their families.

Geographic areas served: Northern California/Western Nevada

Programs: Achieve Tahoe provides meaningful opportunities for people with disabilities to develop physically, mentally and emotionally through our therapeutic recreation and sports rehabilitation programs. Our programs include: Adaptive snow sports, waterskiing, various paddle sports and Four-wheel drive backcountry adventures.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Nancy138

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful organization! My son learned to snowboard here, and as a kid with learning disabilities he would NEVER have been able to make it in a typical group class. He grew confident in his skills and loved the time he spent with his counselor / teacher, and as a parent I felt completely secure that he would be safe and in great hands. He has since gone on to winter weekend trips with his dad, who is a lovely skier - and my son can keep up with anything they try. The solid foundation in skills and confidence will be a life-long treasure. Love you, Disabled Sports USA Far West!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Achieve Tahoe helped our 5 year old son with ASD learn to love skiing! After a few failed attempts in "regular" group ski lessons and trying to explain our son's special needs to various instructors - a ski program director suggested we try lessons through Achieve Tahoe.

What am amazing program! Our son wanted to learn to ski, but he needed the 1:1 attention of the Achieve instructors and volunteers to ensure he was safe and able to effectively communicate back/forth, they also watched for his sensory break needs to prevent overload.

WOW- we were amazed at the dedication of the staff, kindness of the volunteers and all with a high-level of expertise in working with children and adults with special needs. I felt welcomed and enjoyed meeting other parents while we waited for loved ones. Our son is now able to ski unassisted with our family and he feels so proud of his new lifelong skill- this is something we 100% attribute to his positive learning experience at Achieve Tahoe. We feel fortunate to have found Achieve Tahoe and I hope other families and individuals with special needs can benefit from this wonderful program.

ChrisMoran

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with Achieve Tahoe’s winter ski program for the past few years, and have always been impressed by the staff’s dedication in providing adaptive sports programs to people with disabilities. This group’s longevity — it was founded in 1967 – speaks to its expertise in delivering programming and in managing a nonprofit organization. I am one of a large group of Achieve Tahoe volunteers; we all receive extensive annual training on how to provide an adaptive ski lesson, and specialized trainings are offered throughout the season. It is so rewarding to work with a client and watch him or her have fun, maybe overcome a fear and accomplish a goal. I have gotten so much more out of this program than I have put in.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Achieve Tahoe is one of the most respected adaptive recreation programs in the world. Achieve Tahoe is consistently the leader in education, training, recruitment, community outreach, raising awareness and providing skilled services to people with physical and intellectual challenges. It is a privileged and an honor to be included in this amazing organization.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Achieve Tahoe helps people achieve their dreams, and it's not just the participants either. Achieve has helped me understand what I am passionate about and how I can change the world through volunteering. Achieve Tahoe is truly an organization that changes lives.

1 jweast

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was paralyzed in a skiing accident at Alpine Meadows when I was 16 years old. It took me 3 decades to return to the sport of skiing and now it's all I can think of at times.
I have Achieve Tahoe to thank for challenging me to do what I didn't think I ever could again. I have Achieve Tahoe to thank for showing me that I can get through the stormiest of winter days. I have Achieve Tahoe to thank for keeping me safe while I experienced the amazing adrenaline of flying down the steepest of snow-covered mountains. I have Achieve Tahoe to thank for some of the happiest days of freedom out of my wheelchair; days of snow skiing, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and tubing on Donner, white water rafting on the American and 4-wheeling on the Rubicon Trail. Blessed by their laughter and kindness and forever grateful to the staff at Achieve Tahoe.
Jenny Weast

1 Dado B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Achieve Tahoe, an organization of angels helping children with disabilities get involved with adaptive sports and recreation activities, while providing all the support and equipment necessary.
My doughter is on the autism spectrum and skiing with achieve has been amazing for her and for the whole family. She really enjoys the time on the slopes and she loves the team of dedicated volunteers.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 12-year-old son Matthew has developmental delays and has been an Achieve Tahoe skiing participant for several years. We can’t speak highly enough about the quality of this program and the ways in which they have enriched his experience outdoors, not to mention the ways it has enriched us as a family by showing all of us that he can learn to ski and love it. The staff is so organized and very accommodating. We are constantly amazed at the professionalism and dedication of the volunteers who have worked with Matthew—they are so patient and tireless in their work with him! He loves going there, seeing Marina and all the instructors he has come to know and love. It’s such a welcoming environment and we are greeted with smiles and enthusiasm every single weekend. We are constantly recommending this program to all of our friends and would unequivocally recommend any family to check this program out—you will be delighted with the doors it opens for your child and your family!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Achieve Tahoe works miracles.

When I first signed my autistic son up for ski lessons, I assumed it was really just babysitting. I never thought he would actually learn to ski. Was I ever wrong!

Not only can he now actually ski, he loves it. The people at Achieve Tahoe made it a fun, positive experience. They are realistic in goals, but also never give up on a kid. They kept working with him to get him up on skis, onto the chair lift, and onto real slopes. I am amazed and humbled by all they have done with and for him.

It's been a gift for our whole family. When we had a special needs child, I thought our skiing days were over. Thanks to the people at Achieve Tahoe, we are able to something I never thought possible - go skiing!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Achieve Tahoe for 6 years and I love everything about this organization. Volunteering for them is one of my favorite things that I do. I love meeting all the participants and their families and watching the joy that is brought to all of them when the participants gets to engage in one of the activities that the program offers. The memories that are created are memories that last a lifetime. The staff and other volunteers are all hard working, compassionate, and enthusiastic people. I can't say enough positive things about this nonprofit.

Micah Y.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love Achieve Tahoe! I started off as an intern and have stayed with the program for 3 seasons now! The inclusive atmosphere and constant push for independence are only part of what makes Achieve Tahoe great. All the staff at Achieve Tahoe are dedicated to providing a once in a lifetime experience, and we constantly push our students to think “If I can do this, I can do anything!” There’s simply nowhere in the world quite like Lake Tahoe, and Achieve Tahoe helps to make it so special!

Jill B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5



“Achieve Tahoe is the greatest! We have attended the winter skiing program and just got back from the summer program. I can't say enough about this program and the people who work and volunteer. We had so much fun kayaking, tubing and jet skiing. Our person, Felicia, was amazing. She made us feel comfortable and that we could do it. I never thought I could kayak and I did it! I also got to hang out with Keegan who was my ski instructor last winter. Thank you Achieve Tahoe for the opportunity for us live and love life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son, who has Spina Bifida, started in this program 6 years ago. The instructors and staff are encouraging and fun, yet challenge him to go beyond his perceived limits. He's now independent on his mono-ski but keeps up with his lessons as he loves the program and learns something new every time . This is an amazing life changing program!”

George S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The team at Achieve Tahoe are so wonderful. My son, Jon (quad CP with minimal balance or body control, full time power chair user) agreed to his first lesson in December, after lots of convincing aka telling him he was going to try it regardless :). The whole team, Mika (sp?), Shawnna, Camille, and everyone else are so positive and encouraging...speaking and interacting directly with Jon!! (Not us parents) Jon was a bit scared and nervous at first but after the first run he really began to enjoy it, he even asked to go again! This is a really big deal for Jon as he never asks to do any of the numerous activities we've pushed him to try in the past. Thank you so much!

Since the first lesson, Jon has gone skiing with Achieve Tahoe two more times this season and each time he enjoys even more. What a great experience. We are very thankful and looking forward to next season!

1 Katherine Hayes R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Achieve Tahoe has changed the lives of so many people, and for the better!

I have volunteered and worked at this wonderful organization for many decades. Achieve Tahoe is a non-profit that operates and provides year-round activities for participants with disabilities and their families.

For someone who spends numerous hours rehabbing in a hospital, enduring visits to the physical therapist and occupational therapist, a visit to our program is a breath of fresh air.

The participants partake in outdoor activities, learning how to enjoy life, engage in exercise that is FUN, and have a social outlet for themselves and their family.

To say that Achieve Tahoe works miracles on a daily basis is not an overstatement.

1

Former staff

Rating: 5

Incredibly dedicated and enthusiastic staff...volunteers eager to help...a perfect setting for our disabled participants. This organization is the best Non-Profit I have ever been associated with. For years it has been making a difference in the lives of thousands of disabled folks and their families.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this program, winter and summer, for over 10 years. It is an amazing program! We work with people with all sorts of disabilities and help them experience the outdoors. Programs include waterskiing and wakeboarding, snowskiing and snowboarding, kayaking, 4 wheel drive trips, bicycling and much more!

As an example, I've helped blind people ride bikes, paraplegics and quadraplegics to waterski and snowski. We work with kids, adults, disabled veterans, you name it. The program has ongoing training for it's volunteers, so we can really offer a great product to our students. I highly recommend Disabled Sports Far West to volunteers and participants.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped me leave my wheelchair, find the mountaintop, and ski down! Every chain of limitation associated with my disability was broken by this agency - I went from looking at the snowy mountains and wondering what everybody was doing out there to full immersion, all inclusive, thrilling participation in winter and summer sports because of DSUSA-Far West. I pushed my body beyond my limits, viewed glorious landscapes and made new friends for a lifetime. I can't say enough about this organization, they will stop at nothing to include anyone with any disability in the wonderment of outdoor recreation.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our sons have participated in both winter and summer sports with DSUSAFW since 2008. They snow and water ski almost every year, and as a family we have enjoyed the 4WD backcountry day trips the past 2 summers. The staff and volunteers are all tops, from management and the office to the folks on the lake/slopes/trails.

The first time I saw our son with Cerebral Palsy skiing down the slope at Alpine Meadows, I cried. Never did we think this boy who had just begun to walk independently would be SNOW SKIING at age 5!! He now loves skiing and looks forward to his sessions with excitement.

At our last waterski session, the staff patiently encouraged our other, very strong-willed but cautious son to try skiing without the outriggers and holding the rope on his own, something he had been very hesitant to do the past session. He succeeded, and left the lake that day with a huge smile on his face and pride in his accomplishment.

There is no way on our own that we could provide the equipment and other necessary resources to enable our boys to participate in these activities. We are so thankful that DSUSA exists to make these experiences possible for our sons and so many others affected by disability.

Thank you, DSUSAFW!! You rock!



1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Disabled Sports USA Far West (DSUSAFW) for about three years. I've also attended numerous events with my nephew, who is a program participant. I can't say enough good things about DSUSAFW in terms of both the programs and the staff. This is a true gem of an organization and one that renews my faith in humanity over and over again.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with several nonprofits assisting persons with disabilities and Disabled Sports USA Farwest is one of the best due to their focus on skills development and independence for their clients. I am amazed every time a client succeeds at a skill that no one ever expected them to conquer. And it happens Every Day at a Disabled Sports event.