Maine Adaptive Instruction
The Gould Academy/Maine Adaptive Instructor Development Program (AID) is a partnership between Gould Academy and Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation.
Each winter, Gould students have the opportunity to teach adaptive sports activities to people with disabilities, ages four and up, on the slopes at Sunday River.
Students in the AID Program receive in-depth, hands-on training on all aspects of adaptive teaching so that they can be on the snow four days a week and work with Maine Adaptive participants alongside other Maine Adaptive volunteers. Following Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation’s core values, students participating in the AID Program:
- are committed to providing individuals with disabilities the opportunity to overcome perceived limitations and boundaries
- believe that participation in outdoor recreation will foster a sense of pride, confidence, and self-esteem that will carry over into AID athletes’ everyday lives
- support and encourage reasonable risk-taking that will empower athletes to challenge themselves and exceed expectations.
Maine Adaptive Sport and Recreation is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with disabilities.
Maine Adaptive Director
Mr. Blauss studied Mathematics and Physics at Colgate University and the University of Rochester, and has since taught both at a succession of schools. An avid outdoorsman, he has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, built a wooden sea kayak, spent a year as an outdoor educator at the Chewonki Foundation, 10+ seasons in the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Alpine Huts and Construction Crew, and spent many years working as a carpenter. He is willing to argue about almost anything. Having recently moved to Bethel with his wife, Elke (who teaches Biology at Telstar), he is consistently thrilled at the chance to learn something new about the world, and aspires to become his hero, Merlyn, from The Once and Future King.