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Online Learner Training

Cognitively Challenged Learner Training Program

Welcome to the online Cognitively Challenged Learner Training Program for instructors working in recreational programs.

Individuals must complete Level I before proceeding onto Level II.

Level I has videos on:
1) Best Practices for Teaching
3) Autism
4) Developmental Disabilities
5) Cerebral Palsy

Level I includes a Handbook that has been abbreviated for quick access and Cue Cards which provide instructors with easy and practical information on 18 different disabilities.

Level II has videos on:
6) Down Syndrome
7) Brain Injury
8) All the Rest (i.e. lesser known disabilities)
10) Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Level II includes the same Handbook as Level I and Cue Cards for the participants' convenience. As far as we know this is the only comprehensive training program of its kind and we are proud to make it available to instructors in an effort to improve recreation programs for people with disabilities, and to help build the confidence and expertise of instructors.

Additional Resources:


 Empathy versus Sympathy

Amazing Things Happen - Alexander Amelines

Amazing Things Happen is the creation of independent animation director A. Amelines. The movie was released in April 2017 to coincide with World Autism Awareness Day and was made available online for free. It tackles the complex subject of autism with simple descriptions, relatable situations and positive language.

Instruction - Peanut butter jam sandwich - how well we can break down our instruction for someone to follow 

Olivia Rey's first day with Whistler Adaptive

The Highway

Since the first time professional skier, Stan Rey, drove up the highway between Vancouver and Whistler 20 years ago, he’s had a dream of skiing the Tantalus Mountain Range. Visible from the highway, but accessible only by helicopter, the Tantalus Range taunts serious skiers with it’s glaciated peaks every time they pass by. Every year Stan plans to ski those mountains but day to day life always seems to get in the way. When his sister, Olivia, was badly injured in a car accident on the highway in November 2015, Stan is forced to reconsider his priorities and a dream is finally realized.



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How to Access the Training Material

To access the courses you will need to be a registered Whistler Adaptive Sports Program member. Once you are a member, you will need to register for a password, which will be sent to you by email. With your password, you can access the videos and training materials for the course. Your password will allow access to the training materials for six months from the time you register to complete one level of the course.

1) Not yet a member? Then click here to become a Whistler Adaptive member. A volunteer membership costs $10 and is valid until July 31.

Become a Whistler Adaptive Member today!

2) Already a member? Then you can get started!

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