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27th Annual ACCT Conference & Accessible Programing

March 24, 2017 by Ryan Craven

Bradford Woods is a leader within the challenge course industry for accessible programing. Attending the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) annual conference enables continual improvement for our facility and programs!

(Melanie Wills and Ryan Craven at the entrance)

What is the ACCT?

The Association for Challenge Course Technology is the governing organization that provides the industry standards for the installation, maintenance, and managing of the challenge course and adventure course industry.

Why do we go?

Bradford Woods has been involved with the ACCT conference for many years. Attending the conference adds value to Bradford Woods thought staying up to date with the industry standards and practices, and professional development opportunities for our staff. Melanie Wills, Director of Outdoor Education and Professional Services and Ryan Craven, Assistant Director of Adventure Education – both attended the ACCT Annual Conference this year. Each participated in multiple educational workshops and continued to develop and maintain long-standing relationships with various organizations involved with the ACCT.

The conference also serves another important role for Bradford Woods. As a leader within the industry in regards to universal challenge course technology and programing, the conference enables us to network and share that information with other organizations. Melanie serves as the chairperson for the Universal Access Affinity Group within the ACCT and is also a presenter during the conference, discussing various aspects of universal design and programing. We continue to improve and expand our ability to provide inclusive and experiential opportunities for participants of all abilities!

(View from one of the workshop sessions)

What does this mean for you?

Bradford Woods was developed with the intent of providing unique opportunities for people of all abilities and backgrounds and this philosophy continues to be at the core of our values and mission. Our Recreation Therapy Summer Camps are a major component of that philosophy and provide a barrier free experience for nearly 1,000 campers with disabilities each summer.

What many people don’t realize is that we can offer many of those same experiences throughout the rest of the year as well! Our Universal Zip Line, High Universal Course, and Low Universal Course are ready to be used all season long. We also are able to utilize our adaptive systems to enable participants of all abilities to experience our Alpine Tower and Climbing Tower as well.

Whether it is a exploring the trails on property, heading down to our fishing dock, or riding along our Universal Zip Line, Bradford Woods is the place to be for accessible programing and retreats! For more information about our different program areas, please use the links below:

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