Autism Climbs empowers
individuals with autism
and their families.
Explore. Bond. Climb!
Walls are meant for climbing
Global Climbing Day = August 24th, 2019
2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
ABC Kids Climbing
Free Family Climb, plus ice cream truck and activities
Walls Are Meant For Climbing is an initiative by The North Face to turn obstacles into opportunities, bring the community together and enable ALL climbers to access the walls!
Join us at ABC Kids Climbing, let the kids climb, win awesome gear in our silent auction and enjoy the ice cream truck!
We will have staff and volunteers on hand to ensure safety.
This event is free of charge, but climbing participants need to register - button below!
Let's drive the whole family up to Estes Park and climb, have a picnic and go for a hike!
We provide gear, an AMGA certified guide as site leader (Mike Caldwell), and one volunteer per two climbers.
Bring water, a healthy snack, sunscreen and a raincoat.
Let us know if you'd like to carpool!
We need to give our volunteers a few days' notice, please sign up as soon as you can!
Registration closes September 12th.
Autism Climbs Certification
eCourse: Teaching Climbing to Kids with Autism
Prepare on the spot
Look up games, tips and tricks whenever you need them
PC or mobile app
Study at home or on the go
e-Learning and certification
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Autism Climbs in-person staff training
Autism Climbs offers staff trainings that help climbing gyms to efficiently serve the autism population.
The staff trainings include practical advice, ideas for meaningful accommodations and sensory teaching materials for truly inclusive climbing gyms. Each participant, as well as the facility, will receive the Autism Climbs Certification.
Autism Climbs Certified Gyms offer private lessons geared toward pre-climbing activities and preparation for group instruction, along with a variety of thoughtful accommodations for climbers on the spectrum.
"At ABC Kids Climbing, we create an inclusive environment for all of our students. We ensure equal access for children with conditions such as autism or ADHD and provide our instructors with relevant training. Taking part in the workshop "Teaching Climbing to Kids with Autism" was part of this effort. Our instructors found it helpful and inspiring, and our young climbers benefit from our more inclusive environment and targeted instruction." - Karla Lankford, ABC Kids Climbing
Autism Climbs Certified Gym 2018:
Climbing for ALL abilities
Autism Climbs Certified Gyms display this certification on their website, social media and in their facilities.
Fundamental family climb
Register below to be notified when we settle on a date for our next FUN!
We don't have a set date for our next FUNdamental Family Climb yet, but we'll start hosting them again once school is back in session, which is mid-August!
climbing Lessons at ABC Kids
We are excited to now offer Private and Small Group Instruction in cooperation with ABC Kids Climbing. AMGA certified instructors with autism-specific experience teach a modified curriculum, incorporating kids' OT and social goals. Parents may choose their involvement level, siblings and peers are welcome to join.
Contact us below and answer a few questions if you are interested!
volunteer sign up
Come volunteer with us - it's a lot of fun!
Are you a climber? Help us belay kids, clip them into the auto belay, supervise bouldering areas, keep everybody safe.
Do you love kids, but have no climbing skills? Help us assist kids who need extra attention during our events, set up and supervise the obstacle course and pre-climbing activities, and play away!
Autism Climbs actors in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge! Enjoy!
Rivalry, fitting in, friendship and community.
Thank you to Ubergrippen for location, and to Flytuesday and friends for taking the time to get to really know and understand our kids!
Thank you all for coming out and having fun!
Outdoor Climb - redirected to Earth Treks Golden!
Planned for 7/20 at 3:00 pm, this Outdoor Climb had to be cancelled due to lightning and flash flood risk, but we found a warm welcome at Earth Treks Golden instead!
Thank you to everybody who came out despite the crazy weather! Volunteers and participants showed flexibility and commitment when they drove back down from the canyon and regrouped in Earth Treks Golden.
And so it was that our first Earth Treks event came about - thank you so much for taking us in!
We ended up having a lot of fun. Mock lead climbs and belays, ninja warrior type challenges, spacious kids' area, seating where we enjoyed our snacks - this was great!
FUNdamental at PURE Bouldering Gym
1401 S. 8th Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
Thank you, PURE Bouldering Gym and Gearonimo!
This is just the perfect gym for our kids: nice outdoors area, very playful, easy as well as challenging climbs, and lots of swinging, balancing, and enjoying the sunshine. You can take your kids climbing there any time, and members get 24/7 access to the gym - the joys of being a PURE bouldering gym.
The adjacent store Gearonimo sells used and new gear, bikes, shoes, skis, boats and whatever you may need for your next adventure. When you go, make sure you say hi to the dog and the dragon...
Thank you Colorado Springs folks, y'all are awesome!
More past events
FUN at ABC Kids Climbing, Boulder, 6/2/19
FUN at PURE Bouldering Gym, Colorado Springs, 5/14/19
FUN with the ASBC - Autism Society of Boulder County, ABC Kids Climbing, Boulder, 4/14/19
FUNdamental Family Climb, ABC Kids, Boulder, 2/17/19
Climb on Friday Night, ABC Kids, Boulder, 2/8/19
Solace Healthcare Holiday Climb, Ubergrippen, Stapleton, Denver, 12/9/18
Friday Kids' Night Out, ABC Kids Climbing, Boulder, 11/9/18
FUNdamental Family Climb, PURE Bouldering Gym, Colorado Springs, 10/28/18
FUNdamental Family Climb, ABC Kids Climbing, 10/21/18
Outdoor Climbing Clinic - Tunnel 1, Clear Creek Canyon, 10/6/18
Mobile Climbing Wall at Walk with Autism, Denver, Sloan Lake, 6/10/18
FUNdamental Family Climb, ABC Kids Climbing, 5/20/18
FUNdamental Climbing Workshop, ABC Kids Climbing, 2/18/18
FUNdamental Climbing Workshop, EVO Rock + Fitness
1754 Dogwood St, Louisville, CO 80027
Übergrippen hosting Autism Climbs for Solace Healthcare - Family Christmas Climb
FUNdamental Climbing Workshop, ABC Kids Climbing, Boulder, 11/5/17
Outdoor Climbing Clinic - Pilot
Thank You to our sponsors and contributors
You make it all possible!
Thank You to Precision Plumbing, Heating & Cooling!
This made our FUNdamental Climbing Workshop 2/19/17 in ABC Kids possible!
Precision is giving back to the community - through $ 1000 hugs each month, with their "Precision Hugs" program. And the recipient in November was us!
Thank You, Precision!
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Autism Climbs empowers individuals with autism and their families through
climbing activities, leadership development, and positive breakthroughs.
Autism Climbs is a Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
What we do
We invite families affected by autism to try out rock climbing. We offer events indoors, as well as 1:1 private lessons, kids night out programs and outdoor clinics.
No matter how we raise our children, enjoying our time together is always the right thing to do!
Who We Are
We are parents of children and teenagers with autism.
We are rock climbing enthusiasts.
We are therapists.
We are friends.
Raising three kids with lots of energy, I really enjoy Colorado. I want my children - and all children, really - to be able to experience the same kind of freedom and peace that I took for granted in my own childhood.
Born in Austria, MBA from Vienna University of Business and Economics in Sinology and Commerce, exchange student in Paris - INALCO, lived in China and Sweden with husband and three kids before settling down in Colorado.
AMGA certified Climbing Wall Instructor, President and Co-founder of Autism Climbs
Katherine Weadley (left)
After working as climbing instructor and raising kids with ASD, Katherine returned to her passion for books and knowledge.
As Director of Lyons Regional Library she is deeply involved with the community and devoted to the creation of knowledge and advancement of technological literacy.
Katherine's connection to climbing and autism communities puts her into the perfect place to connect the two.
What We Do
Guided support indoors and outdoors along the Colorado Front Range
Workshops and Lessons
We provide families with the basic climbing knowledge they need to safely embark on their own climbing adventures, indoors or outdoors.
The journey to find activities that bond.
Rock Climbing benefits children & parents.
When parents of children with special needs meet, they have a lot to talk about. The challenges, the worries, the struggles… but what about enjoying our kids?
Finding activities that benefit both children and parents, building trust, being on a team and having fun together - this is how we thrive!
Caring for children with autism can be challenging and exhausting, and we all have to make our own decisions on treatments and therapies. We learned that there will never be one single answer, what works for one child might not work for another. But enjoying our precious time together will always be the right thing to do.
Having understood the importance of joint activities, we tried out several sports. While every activity is beneficial, our experience with rock climbing stands out.
Without many words, we are literally tied together- into the same rope. Up and down we go, again and again with a single focus. With every ascent, we strengthen our ability to take on whatever challenge comes our way, using our minds together with our whole bodies to figure out how to conquer the wall.
We want to share rock climbing's therapeutic effect with You.
Rock climbing keeps having a therapeutic effect on us. Knowing exactly what to do with minimal instructions provides mental relief, the undisturbed focus on our own movements and the stimulation from strenuous exercise helps us grow and thrive.
Our family has benefited so much from climbing that we want to share this with you and encourage every family on the spectrum to enjoy the journey.
So let’s get out, let’s explore nature, let’s push our own mental and physical limits!
Why Rock Climbing?
Climbing offers many unique benefits. It stimulates the mind, strengthens the body and provides a great opportunity to build a strong bond based on encouragement, trust and success.
By presenting people with the opportunity to climb, but also teaching them safety and basic technique we encourage them to take on a new hobby and embark on their own adventures.
We are confident that some kids will take it all the way to the competitive level, experiencing success and providing the autism community with an additional source of pride.
Autism Climbs is a Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization
Our Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) is 47-4680885. All donations are tax deductible.
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