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Parents' Weekend Information for

Handicapped and Hearing Impaired Guests

The following information is provided to assist you with your medical or handicapped needs while visiting the Academy. Please note that USAFA does not issue handicapped parking passes. Individuals are asked to bring their own state-issued handicapped (H/C) passes in order to access the handicapped parking lot in the Cadet Area (north of Stillman Field) or the handicapped lots at Falcon Stadium. Mobility impaired guests should bring or rent any walkers, wheelchairs, breathing support or other special-needs or medical equipment they require. A list of local companies offering durable medical equipment are listed below.

High Altitude Health Concerns

The Air Force Academy Cadet Area is approximately 7,300 feet above sea level. At this altitude, it is possible to contract an illness known as acute mountain or high altitude sickness. Symptoms may include headache, malaise, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath. Most cases are mild but the altitude may exacerbate other existing medical conditions.
High altitude sickness usually resolves within a few days once an individual has adapted to the increased elevation. The best way to avoid illness is to allow yourself to acclimatize: try not to over-exert yourself in the first days after your arrival and make sure to drink sufficient fluids to avoid dehydration. Don’t go sightseeing at higher elevations (i.e., up in the mountains) until after you have been in Colorado Springs for a few days. Alcohol or drug consumption may worsen these symptoms.

Throughout your visit, please be prepared with comfortable walking shoes and water, since bus wait times may be long during peak periods. Note the local weather reports and dress accordingly. Although H/C and bus transportation will be available, there may be extensive walking required from bus stops to your final destination. Please make sure to consider this when bringing elderly or infirm guests to the Academy. Because of the high altitude and possibility of extreme (hot, cold and/or wet) weather, guests with serious medical conditions such as anemia, heart disease, or pulmonary disease should consult their doctor about the need for portable oxygen or preventive medication and the advisability of traveling to the Academy.

Handicapped Transportation

During Parents’ Weekend, specially equipped handicapped shuttle vans will transport disabled guests from the handicapped parking area (north of the parade field) to the cadet area and Stillman Field for the parade. These shuttles will attempt to get you as close to your desired location as possible. For events in the Cadet Area, shuttle buses that pick up guests from the handicapped lot just north of Stillman Parade Field will have special hydraulic lifts for wheelchairs. We recommend that guests bring (or rent) foldable or portable wheelchairs for convenience with the shuttles. Please arrive early to account for loading, unloading, and wait times. Guests should bring their own state handicapped placards so the attendants know to direct you to the correct lot.

Handicapped Equipment Rentals

Disabled guests should bring or rent any walkers, wheelchairs, breathing support or other special-needs or medical equipment they require.

Local DME Companies that offer oxygen, wheelchairs, parts for CPAP machines (no government endorsement is suggested):
AeroCare
Customer service: 719-260-0821
Fax: 719-278-2250
HealthStar
Customer service: 719-434-4860
Fax: 866-923-3508
Emergencies: 303-258-6230
Preferred Healthcare
Customer service: 719-548-9220
Fax: 719-548-1038
Summit Respiratory Services
Customer service: 719-593-8476
Fax: 719-522-1752

If you have any concerns about handicapped support during Parents’ Weekend, please email USAFA.Parent.Liaison@afacademy.af.edu