Founders Bruce and Annemarie Albiston were catapulted into the world of disabilities in 2005. Annemarie's father, Andre, had a stroke and acquired Aphasia, affecting his speech and language. Andre was an educator and communicating with young adults was his passion.
The Albistons set out to make a difference in the lives of people with Aphasia, establishing The Aphasia Center of Maine and an annual Retreat, the Andre R. Hemond Aphasia Retreat Weekend. Inspired by the change one weekend made in the lives of participants they searched for ways to reach more people, with a wide variety of abilities. Their vision, now a reality, is the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center, having opened its' doors in December 2015.