Adaptive Recreation and Learning Exchange partnership (AR&LE) offers recreation, leisure and community education opportunities specifically designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities in the cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield. For over 25 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 is made up of two parts: Adaptive Recreation (AR) and the Learning Exchange (LE).
Adaptive Recreation: 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, as well as a number of social programs for both youth and adults.
The Learning Exchange: The school districts of Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie and Richfield Community Education Adults with Disabilities programs are working together to offer customized classes for adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Classes include cooking, independent living skills, health and fitness, and other leisure learning activities.
AR&LE publishes a quarterly program catalog with descriptions of all programs to be offered for the upcoming season. This is sent out quarterly to all the participants and professionals who are on our mailing list. Electronic copies are also posted to this site.
In order to be on our mailing list, each person must complete a profile. Individuals with disabilities who participate in AR&LE programs should fill out a Participant profile. With the completed profile, the information is then available to the program staff so that they can be aware of any health, medical and special needs issues that pertain to the participant. Those individuals who provide support to, or work with the participant, should complete a Professional profile. After requesting a profile from any of the AR&LE staff or filling out and printing an online copy from www.ci.bloomington.mn.us, return the completed profile to the following address:
Bloomington Parks & Recreation Attn: Mara 1800 West Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 55431
The fees to register for AR&LE programs vary. Some are broken into Resident and Non-resident amounts. A Resident is anyone living in the four cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina, or Richfield. Non-residents are considered to be those living outside of these cities. If a non-resident fee is charged, the difference is very minimal.
TRAIL (Transportation Resource to Aid Independent Living) provides transportation services for developmentally disabled adults, enabling them to attend recreational and educational programs sponsored by AR&LE. TRAIL riders live in Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield and do not have affordable transportation available. Through donations and fundraising TRAIL subsidizes the cost of transportation, so riders pay a nominal fee per trip. Programs with this bus symbol offer TRAIL rides. To learn more or to make a donation, go to www.ridetrail.org or call Michelle at 952-828-0983.
Kristin Aarsvold, Recreation Supervisor
952-826-0433 (tty: 952-826-0379)
Dawn Beitel, Recreation Specialist
952-826-0438 (tty: 952-826-0379)
Gina Carpenter, Coordinator
Janet Clarke, Community Liaison