For over 35 years, the Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange (AR&LE) has been a leader in providing options for people with disabilities to participate in programs and activities that are specifically designed to meet their diverse needs. AR&LE publishes a program catalog three times a year. The new AR&LE web page www.ARLEMN.org is a one-stop source for the current catalog, contact information and links to web and registration sites.
AR&LE is made up of two parts – Adaptive Recreation & Learning Exchange…
The cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield each have programs that are specifically designed for people of all ages with disabilities, including softball, bowling, swimming lessons, fitness programs, skiing/snowboarding, basketball, walking club, water aerobics, as well as a number of social programs for both youth and adults.
The supervisory staff responsible for the planning and implementation of all the adaptive recreation programs have many years of experience in the adaptive recreation field. Their program staff is also highly skilled and dedicated individuals with professional and educational backgrounds in human services fields.
The school districts of Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, and Richfield work together to offer customized classes for adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Classes include cooking, independent living skills, theater and performing, health, fitness, and other leisure learning activities. Classes take place at various locations across the four cities.
Working together, the four community education directors employ a coordinator for the Learning Exchange. Under the direction of the Learning Exchange Coordinator, professional instructors teach the Learning Exchange classes with the assistance of talented and trained volunteers.
Bloomington Adaptive Recreation
Jenna Smith – Recreation Supervisor: 952-563-8891
Eden Prairie Adaptive Recreation
Nicole Weedman – Sr. Recreation Supervisor,
Youth and Therapeutic Recreation: 952-949-8456
Edina Adaptive Recreation
Amanda Clarke – Recreation Supervisor: 952-826-0433
Richfield Adaptive Recreation
Ann Jindra – Recreation Supervisor: 612-861-9361
Janet Clarke – Learning Exchange Coordinator: 952-681-6121
Judy Stelmazek – Learning Exchange Program Secretary: 952-681-6109