RECREATION, TRAVEL and ENTERTAINMENT

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Adults Living with Down Syndrome Strive for Independence in 'The Grown-Ups', By POV Communications, August 03, 2017

Wheelchair basketball team promotes exercise, teamwork and educating others, By Savanna Maue, February 26, 2017

Paralympics 2016: 1500m champion ran faster than Olympic gold medallist because he couldn't see rivals, By Jack De Menezes, September 15, 2016

Rio Paralympics 2016: Get set for full throttle, metal-on-metal action as the wheelchair rugby tournament starts in Brazil, By John Robinson, September 14, 2016

At Rio Paralympics, athletes take record-breaking to new level, From the Washington Post, September 13, 2016

USA Dominates Women’s Triathlon At Paralympics, By Triathlete.com, September 11, 2016

Easy-to-Use Wheelchair Luggage by Phoenix Instinct, By Ian Ruder, September 9th, 2016

Rio Paralympics: The stars of 2016, By Sarah Holt, CNN, September 06, 2016

Hundreds of Injured Military Veterans From Around the Globe Come to Orlando to Compete in the 2016 Invictus Games, From the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), May 06, 2016

Lonely Planet Releases Accessible Travel Resources, By Ian Ruder, New Mobility, February 01, 2016

NAD and Gogo LLC Agree to Make Closed Captions Available on In-Flight Entertainment Systems, From the National Association of the Deaf, January 26, 2016

Hopeful Paralympian Liz Willis teaches lesson in perseverance and courage, By Bob Lutz, The Wichita Eagle, October 14, 2015

A Touch of Nature: Accessing Our National Parks, By Ashley Lyn Olson, New Mobility, October 01, 2015

Adaptive Outdoor Adventure Sports, By Bob Vogel, New Mobility, August 01, 2015

The Power of Sports, By Guest Blogger Kirk Bauer, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA, Disability Blog, January 14, 2015

Guide on Access to Outdoor Sites Available from the Board, From the U.S. Access Board, August 11, 2014

Preview: Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, By Jamie M. Blanchard, Team USA, March 07, 2014

Access Board Sponsored Study Completed on Natural Trail Surface Materials, From the U.S. Access Board, February 27, 2014

Television schedule set for Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, By United States Olympic Committee, February 19, 2014

U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing Team nominated for Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, By Katie Branham, U.S. Paralympics, February 05, 2014

U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding Team Nominated for Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, By U.S. Paralympics, February 04, 2014

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Advocacy Organizations and Informational Resources

The ABLEDATA Travel Resource Center links you to over 50 different websites with travel or recreation information of interest to people with disabilities.

The Adaptive Sports Center provides outstanding instruction and outdoor experiences to clients from all over the globe. The ASC provides more than 3,600 outdoor recreational activities annually to people with disabilities and at-risk-youth. Accessible outdoors experiences provided by the Adaptive Sports Center include canoeing, downhill mountain biking, hand-cycling, rock-climbing, hiking, pontoon boating, sea kayaking, multiday river trips, whitewater rafting, skiing, snowboarding and camping.

The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) seeks to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational, and inspiring outdoor experiences. The BOEC offers Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding, Wilderness Courses (on-site as well as mobile courses), Professional Challenge Courses, and a unique Internship Program. Situated on 39 acres, the BOEC boasts a climbing wall, a high ropes course, high and low team initiatives, rafts, canoes, sea kayaks, cabins, teepees, and much more, as resources for experiential education.

CHALLENGED AMERICA is an adaptive-sailing rehabilitation program for kids and adults with disabilities.

Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA) offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events.

The Eureka Freedom Tent is the first-ever camping tent designed for use by people with disabilities. Its self-supporting aluminum frame has easy post and grommet attachments plus continuous rod sleeves that guide poles into pole pockets, which make tent set up possible from a wheelchair from one
side of the tent. Large pull handles on interior door and window zippers make
them easy to operate for campers with limited dexterity. The tent vestibule provides space for two wheelchairs inside the tent.

The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) is recognized as the only national athletic association to coordinate the participation of American deaf and hard of hearing individuals in international competitions, the Federation is affiliated with the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf and has hosted the Summer Deaflympics in 1965 (Washington, DC) and 1985 (Los Angeles), and the Winter Deaflympics in 1975 (Lake Placid, NY) and 2007 (Salt Lake City).

The Kansas Accessible Sports website is new and currently contains information on the Kansas Wheelhawks wheelchair basketball team and the Lawrence Wheelchair Tennis Team, but their goal is to become the home for information about accessible sports teams, events, and organizations in Kansas.

National Parks: Accessible to Everyone this website showcases trails, activities, and other features that are accessible at units of the National Park System nationwide. The information presented here is a sampling of the accessible facilities and programs available to visitors throughout the National Park System. To find information about places not included in this website check out www.nps.gov and “Find A Park .”

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA) is the nation's oldest and largest disability sport organization. Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NWBA is a non-profit organization which serves as the national governing body for men's, women's and youth wheelchair basketball in the United States.

National Center on Accessibility is a collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service, the National Center on Accessibility is the nation’s premiere resource promoting access for people with disabilities in recreation.

Wilderness Inquiry (WI) provides outdoor adventure experiences to inspire personal growth, community integration and enhanced awareness of the natural environment. WI offers a wide variety of canoe, sea kayak, dogsled, raft, horse pack and hiking trips throughout North America and the World. The unique thing about Wilderness Inquiry is that we make the outdoors accessible to everyone, including persons with disabilities. We hope to see you on the trail.

Publications

Access to Recreation provides an online catalog with a comprehensive selection of adaptive equipment and assistive devices designed to increase access to a variety of outdoor recreational experiences for people with disabilities.

Accessible Air Travel: A Guide for People with Disabilities - Information from the United Spinal Association about accessible air travel for people who use wheelchairs and other mobility aids.  Includes information about the Air Carrier Access Act, tips for transferring and lifting a passenger, security screening and procedures for filing complaints.

Outdoor Developed Areas: A Summary of Accessibility Standards for Federal Outdoor Developed Areas, May 2014 - This publication by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) is designed to provide guideance in the construction or alteration of trails, picnic and camping facilities, viewing areas, and beach access routes.

A Longitudinal Study of Playground Surfaces to Evaluate Accessibility: Final Report - this study evaluates a variety of playground surfaces, their costs, and their ability to meet accessibility requirements while documenting deficiencies that arise upon initial installation or those that might require maintenance after a 3-5 year period of use.


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