Program areas at HG
Higher Ground Sun Valley, Inc. (hg) military program uses therapeutic recreation to facilitate a change in perspective, giving injured service members the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies necessary for a successful reintegration into their families and home communities. Hg is recognized as one of the premier rehabilitation programs in the country by the department of defense, military medical centers, and veteran service organizations. Hg serves military personnel and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (tbis), post traumatic stress disorders (ptsd) and other trauma. With military program chapters in buffalo, ny, los angeles, ca and Sun Valley, id, hg currently hosts twenty one-week long therapeutic sports camps annually, each completely free of charge to veterans and their supporters. Our highly trained staff strategically implements activities that highlight individual abilities, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life. Hg commits to at least three years of follow-up care, helping each participant connect to local resources and successfully reintegrate into his or her home community. The unique hg continuum of care includes a reintegration budget to help each member of our military family realize their individual goals.
Higher Ground Sun Valley, Inc. (hg) recreation programs include both summer and winter recreation programs.summer recreation program: services children, teens, and adults in the wood river Valley with physical and cognitive disabilities. The only program of its kind in the Valley, hg provides a unique setting for individuals who otherwise may not have the opportunity to participate in everyday experiences. These include summer camps, field trips, off-road handcycling, adaptive road cycling, paddleboarding, and fishing. A staff of professionals trained in the fields of recreational therapy and adaptive physical education, as well as highly experienced counselors, focus on helping our participants develop life skills through therapeutic activities, projects and challenges. Winter recreation program: primarily focuses on alpine skiing, snowboarding, sled hockey, and nordic skiing. The goal of this 5-month program is to provide individual instruction that increases the participant's ability to a level where he or she can enjoy snow sports at the highest-possible integrated setting. Participants learn physical and communication skills to apply at home and school; snow sport goals are also set for individuals in order to track progress throughout the season. Hg serves children, teens, and adults with all types of physical and cognitive disabilities. The program staff of professional ski instructors of america certified ski/snowboard instructors and volunteers work closely with the blaine county school district and Idaho school for the deaf and blind (isdb) to incorporate structured lessons as a beneficial recreational activity into their school days. In partnership with Sun Valley company and other local businesses, hg is able to offer all blaine county residents with disabilities a ski/snowboard equipment lease package, a season's mountain pass, and personalized instruction all free of charge. Hg is proud to be the sole adaptive snowsports concessionaire for Sun Valley resort for local and out of town participants.