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Adaptive Sports Organizations


Updated December 27, 2012

Adaptive sports organizations are changing the way the disabled athletes, as well as the able-bodied, view spectator sports. With the constantly improving modifications to wheelchairs and other adaptive equipment, disabled athletes are beginning to enjoy a wider range of sports. While wheelchair basketball is still one of the primary adaptive sports played at the college level, it is only a matter of time before other sports, such as racing, golf and tennis gain similar popularity.

Canada - Wheelchair Basketball Canada

"Wheelchair Basketball Canada is the national sports governing body responsible for the organization of wheelchair basketball in Canada. It is a non-profit, charitable organization that is the Canadian member to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF)."

Colorado - Adaptive Sports Association

In the winter, the ASA offers "adaptive ski, snowboard and ski bike instruction at Durango Mountain Resort". In the summer, the organization offers "river rafting, rock-climbing, canoeing, flatwater kayaking, fishing, cycling and camping in a variety of locations throughout the spectacular San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado". The organization offers a variety of sports programs for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Colorado - Adaptive Sports Center

The adaptive sports center in Crested Butte offers a variety of summer and winter programs for the disabled. Whether you enjoy skiing or cycling, they have a program that can be enjoyed no matter your skill level or adaptive equipment needs.

Colorado - National Sports Center for the Disabled

The NSCD offers therapeutic sports and recreational activities for people of all ages and disabilities. Summer activities range from kayaking and sailing to horseback riding. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding and backcountry hut trips, as well as other activities.

Illinois - Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

The GLASA organization offers a variety of wellness and sports programs to youth and adults of all ages and ability levels. They have an equipment lending program, as well as competitions and training opportunities.

International Foundation for Disabled Sailing

"The International Association for Disabled Sailing (IFDS) works with grassroots efforts, developing countries, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to bring people onto the water at every level of skill, competition and enjoyment." Some members train through this organization for the Paralympic Sailing Competition.

Maryland - Disabled Sports USA

Originally established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam War veterans, the DSUSA organization today offers rehabilitation sports programs to people of all ages and disabilities. They are a nationwide organization with regional chapters. They work to provide competitions, sporting events and a wide variety of sports opportunities for disabled people.

New Hampshire - Adaptive Sports Partners

Adaptive Sports Partners of New Hampshire and Vermont offers a variety of sports and leisure activities to disabled members of the North Country community. Indoor sports include floor hockey, power soccer, and bocce among others. Outdoor activities include favorites such as cross country skiing and snowshoe trekking and sled hockey.

New Hampshire - New England Handicapped Sports Association

The NEHSA offers skiing and snowboarding lessons to people of all ages and disabilities. The organization also has scholarships for those with a financial need.

New York - Adaptive Sports Foundation

The Adaptive Sports Foundation offers a variety of programs in the summer and winter for disabled athletes of varying ages. They also offer a Warriors in Motion program through Wounded Warriors for disabled veteran athletes.

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