Inspiration to Grow
The Adaptive Program offers two distinct and supportive tracks for skaters with disabilities: Special Olympics and Skate United. Both tracks enable skaters to progress in the sport they love at their own pace. Each offers comprehensive programming in a safe and supportive environment with qualified coaches to assist with well-rounded growth.
The Special Olympics track supports skaters with intellectual disabilities to excel in figure skating. This track offers both recreational and competitive opportunities. Programming different depending on your location. Click here to visit the Special Olympics figure skating page for more details.
Skate United encourages skaters with physical disabilities to utilize their skills in recreational or competitive settings. The Skate United track offers opportunities for skaters to develop high-level skating skills.
Start an Adaptive Program
Ice rinks, figure skating clubs and Learn to Skate USA programs can start their own adaptive skating program. For questions on how to start an adaptive skating program, please contact email@example.com.
Elaine Theisen Fund
Established in 2012, the Elaine Theisen Diamond Fund for Special Olympics and Adaptive Skating provides grants to Special Olympics/Adaptive Skating programs or to member clubs who wish to enhance their operations to attract, involve and encourage new generations of skaters.