Our Goal is to Improve the Lives of the Clients We Serve


We offer a wide range of skills based and social/recreational programs for children and adults with disabilities.  These programs contribute to: 

  • Gaining skills: Increasing the skills of clients, including life skills, prevocational job skills, self advocacy, communication and socialization skills.

  • Cultivating and sustaining friendships: Real friendships are developed with other program participants.  People with and without disabilities learn with and from each other in inclusive environments.

  • Leading full, meaningful lives:  Parents and caregivers want their children and individuals they care for to be accepted by their peers, have friends and lead full lives. Our programs contribute to making this vision a reality for many individuals with disabilities. It gives families the opportunity to witness the impact of social inclusion and engagement.

  • Respite for parents and caregivers:  61 percent of our caregivers say there are not sufficient respite opportunities available to them. We see our programs fill to 100 percent capacity within weeks of opening registration. Parents going on a date night or caregivers taking a dance class are just two examples of how we see respite put to good use.



While our programs are always fun, there are specific benefits to participants which include:


  • Dance, music, and drama:  Provide an opportunity for participants to gain confidence in front of peers, express themselves creatively, and develop self-esteem.

  • Team building activities:  Enhance a participant's ability to communicate and work in a group setting to accomplish specific tasks teaching them about cooperation and collaboration.  Working side-by-side allows them to learn to understand someone else's point of view. 

  • Fishing and photography: contribute to motor skills and social interaction with peers.

  • Arts and crafts projects:  Are structured towards sensory integration such as touch, taste, smell, or sight. By giving participants the opportunity to investigate materials with no preconceived knowledge, we are contributing to them developing and refining their cognitive, social, emotional, physical, creative, and linguistic skill sets.

  • Independence:  Arguably one of most beneficial aspects of camp is the independence and freedom of being away from one’s normal often structured environment for days at a time.


Partnership Programs with community businesses allow people with disabilities the opportunity to participate actively in natural settings within our community.  This not only presents opportunity for our beneficiaries to engage with the community, but we bring our clients to the community so they may also benefit from the experience.  These programs contribute to:

  • Acquiring social skills: Individuals with disabilities are more likely to develop social skills necessary to develop relationships when participating in inclusive recreation opportunities.

  • Improving Attitudes: People often develop positive attitudes about diverse individuals as a result of joint participation in activities.

  • Developing life-long skills: Through the presence of appropriate inclusion recreation options, the development of life-long functional recreation skills is promoted.

  • Enhancing Image: The image of a person with disabilities is higher with inclusive participation as opposed to segregated participation. During these programs our disabled participants program among other members of the community.

  • Increasing Understanding: Exposure to inclusive leisure services results in a greater understanding and acceptance of individuals of varying backgrounds and abilities.

  • Developing Acceptance: People can learn new ways to solve problems and adapt to difference, develop more positive attitudes toward those who are different, and increase acceptance of people in general.


Life Skills Programs (partnerships with WCSD or UNR) are essential because most young people with developmental disabilities enjoy learning. Developing new skills or improving existing skills helps them feel important, intelligent, and more independent. In addition, the social interaction they have with an instructor can provide valuable positive reinforcement, and the rewards they receive for responding thoughtfully can be stimulating and motivating.  People with developmental disabilities can learn a variety of life-enhancing skills. They can learn to complete household tasks, make financial transactions, tend to their personal hygiene, and facilitate appropriate interactions with others. Loading a dishwasher, planning a menu, making a purchase, or making a telephone call to a friend are just a few examples of skills they may be able to acquire. 


Due to the increased demand, we are focused on building capacity to keep up with the incredible growth in the past few years.


Program Service Numbers

In the last year we nearly tripled our program hours and client service numbers.


In 2016 alone, we achieved our goal to serve more than 170 unduplicated clients through 27  different camps that included social enrichment programs in our center, partnership programs with the community, and residential camps in the wilderness.


We also provided 19,196  hours of respite to families who often struggle in their full-time roles as caregivers to the children or adults with special needs in their families. Our 170 clients attend multiple programs and camps at Amplify Life.