Northeast Passage, a program of the University of New Hampshire, has been an innovative leader in adaptive sports and recreation therapy programming since 1990. Over the last 15 years, Northeast Passage has worked extensively with Veterans and developed strong partnerships for outreach with the military community in New England and nationally. We have developed an evidence-based model of service for Veterans and members of our Armed Forces. In a typical year, Northeast Passage directly serves over 400 Veterans and service men and women with disabilities through adaptive sport/recreation programming and our community based Recreation Therapy service, PATH™ (Promoting Access, Transition, and Heath).
Within our adaptive sports programs we strive to create an open and welcoming environment for Veterans from all eras of service and with any disability. We offer healthy, safe and substance free experiences that encourage the development of social networks and community engagement close to home. Northeast Passage holds over 250 recreation events annually at no cost to Veterans. Activities include, Arts, Archery, Aquatics, Alpine Skiing, Indoor Rock Climbing, Cycling, Fishing, Bowling, Paddling, Waterskiing, Wheelchair Rugby, Power Soccer, and Sled Hockey.
PATH™ is a goal and strength-based recreational therapy intervention. Our VA partners refer veterans to the program. After an assessment, the Veteran works 1:1 with the specially trained recreational therapist in the veteran’s home community to accomplish individually identified goals that address symptom management, community engagement, and social connections.