Ainsley’s Angels of America
Ainsley’s Angels of America aims to build awareness about America’s special needs community through inclusion in all aspects of life. Serving as advocates to providing education and participating as active members in local communities, the organization believes that everyone deserves to be included.
Adaptive Action Sports
Adaptive Action Sports was founded by action sports athletes to create skateboard, snowboard, wakeboard and Motocross camps, events and programs for veterans, youth and young adults living with permanent physical disabilities. They believe and encourage individuality and creativity while building independence and self-confidence.
Adaptive Adventures is now in its 12th year of creating life-changing opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Adaptive Adventures opens the door to hope and allows people to realize their dreams. Program participants enjoy fresh air, rushing water, and abundant sunshine as they glide down ski slopes, cut through the water in a kayak or wakeboard, or bike through the Rocky Mountains and along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Adaptive Sport and Recreation Association
Provides adaptive sports programs year-round. San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities through sports and recreation.
Adaptive Sport Center
The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through exceptional outdoor adventure activities. The successful programs the ASC provides are inclusive to families and friends, empower our participants in their daily lives and have a positive enduring effect on self-efficacy, health, independence and overall well-being.
American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Development Medicine-Adaptive Sport Committee Adapted Sports and Recreation Links and Organizations
Athletes Helping Athletes-Roadrunner Sports
Since 2000, Athletes Helping Athletes has provided handcycles to over 625 children with disabilities. AHA is also supporting handcycle programs throughout the U.S.
Barnes Tennis Center
Barnes Tennis Center has an active Wheelchair Program for adults and juniors of all levels. This Center offers a tennis program with friendly instructors who are happy to work with disabled beginners, intermediate or advanced players.
Best Day Foundation
Best Day Foundation enables children and young adults with special needs to build confidence and self-esteem through adventure activities which stretch their limits, expand their true potential, reinforce their achievement, & connect them with diverse populations in their community.
Big Fun is the ultimate playground for special needs individuals of all ages.
Contact: Dan Hurley
Blazesports is a nonprofit organization that advances the lives of youth and adults with physical disability through sports and healthy lifestyles. BlazeSports provides sports training, competitions, summer camps and other sports and recreational opportunities for youth and adults with spinal cord injury, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, amputation, visual impairment or blindness, as well as other physical disabilities.
Boundless Playgrounds, Inc. is the nation’s leading nonprofit developer of truly inclusive playgrounds where children – and adults – of all abilities can play together in a fun and welcoming environment.
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All BOX Wheelchairs are custom fit and made to order, fitted with only the best best parts and components. Mike’s heart and soul goes into each one. He is not alone in this venture as he finds infinite support from his family. Success is defined with team work, love, and to a person’s concerns and challenges and then overcoming them. Most of all what makes BOX Wheelchairs different from the rest is quality, reliability, and comfort at an affordable price. You don’t have to settle as there is no such thing as a standard BOX Wheelchair. Box makes a Daily wheelchair along with sport, all terrain and WCMX chairs.
We teach gymnastics in a safe, fun, energetic and motivating environment that will increase your child’s self esteem as well as their skill level. Our structured preschool program focuses on gross motor skill development in addition to gymnastic skills. Cartwheels takes kids with special needs and offers a Special Olympic program. Located in Murrieta.
Phone number: 951-698-0707
Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures
Casa Colina’s Therapeutic Recreation and Outdoor Adventures, a program that focuses on empowering people with disabilities by creating opportunities through challenging and exciting activities. By focusing on abilities, not disabilities, the program enables its members to experience success both physically and emotionally.
Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, a not-for-profit organization, offers motivational, inspirational and life-changing experiences to physically challenged children and youth through aviation.
Challenged Athlete Association
A unique organization that recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing grants for training, competition and equipment needs.
Phone: 858-866-0959, ext. 109
Contact: Julian White
Grant period: September 1 to December 1 each year. You’ll find the application on the website.
Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives by presenting meaningful recreational, cultural and educational experiences to individuals faced with cognitive or physical challenges. The aim of Challenge Aspen is to carefully orchestrate life changing adventures, giving participants the courage to learn something new, trust their own abilities and carry that ideal forward, reaching toward goals in other areas of their lives.
Phone: (970) 923-0578
Fax: (970) 923-7338
The Challenge Center is committed to providing skilled physical therapy and specialized fitness and wellness programs to rehabilitate realize the highest level of independence and improve the quality of like for children, adults and seniors with severe physical disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers.
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures’ mission is to provide life-enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. We provide adaptive equipment and support, which enable people with disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation alongside their peers. These experiences reduce stereotypes, raise awareness, and empower people to realize their full potential. Our trips are not only accessible physically but also financially.
Phone: (435) 713-0288
Fax: (435) 713-2108
Crossroads Adaptive Athlete Alliance
Crossroads Adaptive Athletic Alliance is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit of its kind – building a stronger community for adaptive athletes and their coaches. It helps athletes with permanent needs participate in life-changing fitness opportunities through education, grants and competition.
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. We believe the freedom and exhilaration of outdoor challenges changes lives. No one should be left behind simply because of a disability!
Phone Number: (760) 934-0791
Family kayak has been working with adaptive sports in San Diego, volunteering at the annual Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp every year. The organization also works with the adaptive sports during the year, assisting many juniors to excel at kayaking.
FlagHouse is a premier global supplier of equipment and resources for physical education, sports, fitness, and recreation and for health, special needs, special education, sensory integration, and multisensory environments. We offer more than 20,000 innovative and quality products and solutions to enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities.
Grossmont Adaptive Aquatics
Provides a Splash H20 program. Special kids learn aquatic skills.
Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays.
i-FLY Indoor Skydiving
All Abilities Night at iFLY is a unique event that makes the dream of flight a reality for those in the special needs community. This program has been custom designed for those with physical and cognitive challenges to create an environment of support and inclusion, while focusing on making what seems impossible, possible. If you have someone in your life who is unable to participate in able-bodied activities but still wants to be challenged and push their limits, this is the perfect event to join.
InnerDaner Performing Arts
InnerDancer Performing Arts is a breakthrough Collaborative and Innovative Non-Profit Performing Arts Organization with a passion and focus on dramatically improving the lives of special needs and typical children, adults and their families through socially dynamic and inclusive dance classes and performances.
Phone number: 602-502-2743
Ivey Ranch Park is dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able bodied children, of all ages, by providing educational and recreational activities. Since 1983 we have served children and adults with disabilities but will not exclude the able bodied, since integration, inclusion and interaction are important components of our program. Currently over two thirds of our children here at the Ivey Ranch Child Development Center have moderate to severe disabilities which include behavioral disorders, genetic disorders, and disabilities caused by accident or trauma. School age children come for after school, summer and off-track care. The Center also operates a preschool, in-home respite services, and summer camp.
Juan Carlos Organization-Zumba Inclusive
The mission of the Juan Carlos Organization is to stimulate joy, acceptance and achievement for people of all ages with physical, sensory or cognitive challenges through guided dance and rhythmic exercise programs.
KIT-Kids Included Together
KIT stands for Kids Included Together, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in San Diego, California in 1997. The mission of Kids Included Together is to support recreational, child development and youth development programs that include children with and without disabilities. KIT’s goals are to enrich the lives of all who participate and to increase understanding and acceptance of disabilities as a natural part of life.
Kyle Pease Foundation
The purpose of the Kyle Pease Foundation (KPF) is to create awareness and raise funds to promote success for persons with disabilities by providing assistance to meet their individual needs through sports. Programs may include scholarship opportunities, purchasing of medical equipment or adaptive sports equipment for others or contributing to other organizations that provide similar assistance to disabled persons as well as participating in educational campaigns to create awareness about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities. The Kyle Pease Foundation will provide these services directly to individuals, as well as to partner with other existing non-profit organizations, to achieve these goals. Direct benefits will be limited to persons with disabilities who need adaptive sports equipment, mobility devices or medical care.
Life Rolls On
Life Rolls On is a non-profit organization that inspires others to see the boundless possibilities beyond paralysis. Established in 2002, LRO’s signature adaptive surfing program, They Will Surf Again, has grown into a catalyst of hope for thousands of individuals throughout the world.
Phone number: (424) 272-1992
Mindful Balance-Adaptive Yoga
This adaptive class focuses on individuals living with mobility disabilities, such as partial or total paralysis, amputation, severe spinal cord injury, severe arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, head injury, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.
M & J Helping Hands, Inc.
M&J Helping Hands’ goal is to help empower those who are disabled and those who can lead a better life with guidance and opportunity. Martial arts program is available.
Mountain High Adaptive Ski and Snowboarding Lessons
The Mountain High Adaptive Program’s mission is to help disabled skiers develop new skills and build self-confidence. It strives to create an atmosphere that produces positive physical, psychological and therapeutic results. The program serves a variety of students with disabilities, including those who are blind, deaf, amputees, or post-polio patients, along with those who have spina bifida, birth defects, paralysis, cerebral palsy or cognitive disability. At Mountain High, adaptive lessons are taught in a private format (one-on-one or two-on-one) under the supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. The instructors are PSIA-trained in adaptive ski techniques.
National Ability Center
The National Ability Center is committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment. The objective of these experiences is to build self-esteem, confidence and physical development, thereby enhancing active participation in all aspects of community life. As a national role model, the Center promotes the concept of ability through integration, public awareness and education.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability. Our goal is to provide you with options and information to help you pursue whatever kind of activity you think you would enjoy.
National Sports Center for the Disabled
National Sports Center for the Disabled’s mission is to positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports.
Contact: Kati Bohall
National Wheelchair Basketball Association
In our pursuit of excellence, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association provides qualified individuals with physical disabilities the opportunity to play, learn and compete in the sport of wheelchair basketball.
Ocean Healing Group Adaptive Surfing
Ocean Healing, a fully ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible retreat, where our surf coaches take on the kids (caregiving as well), teaching them how to surf, swim, play on the beach, go on nature rides, explore, ect… While the parents on the other hand, can relax, unwind and enjoy themselves, without having to worry about constantly supervising their child or taking care of the day to day routines associated with their special needs…This way, both the kids and the parents get to have a blast and enjoy all of the many great things Costa Rica has to offer!
Onit Ability Boards
Onit Ability Boards provides disabled persons with a revolutionary new piece of adaptive sports equipment for traversing water. Utilizing technology dating back thousands of years to Southeast Asia in conjunction with modern technology, we have created a paddle board that accommodates wheelchairs for individuals who are paraplegic, amputees or with related disabilities.
Palomar Pop Warner Challenger Flag Football
Challenger Football is designed for children with disabilities to enjoy sports and cheer just like everyone else.
Contact: Nicole Turner, Challenger Coordinator
The following website should be helpful to those who are responsible for educating students with various disabilities.
Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport – Educational Toolkit
The educational toolkit has been developed by the PHC and the British Paralympic Association as part of the Fit and Healthy project. Funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, this project aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of activities and sports for adults with disabilities and to help these adults understand how to get fitter and healthier. Find your disability-specific guide and get started today!
PossAbilities is a free, non-profit community outreach program operated by Loma Linda University Health. Its goal is to provide those with permanent physical disabilities support and resources to stay active and healthy in life.
San Diego Sled Hockey Program
The mission of the San Diego Sled Hockey Program is to provide a USA Hockey and U.S. Paralympic recognized sled hockey program including clinics, recreational and competitive teams, and resources for those interested in pursuing national, international, and Paralympic competition for San Diego based disabled athletes.
SDSU Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilites
The Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities is designed to help those in the San Diego community with disabilities to maximize their level of fitness.
Contact: Jan Thurman
Spokes’n Motion has become the leading distributor of adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing equipment in the USA. Following the American success of the Spokes’ n Motion company, a European subsidiary was opened in 2003 in Toulouse (France). Spokes’n Motion offers a full range of sport and recreational equipment for all seasons! We invite you to visit our products sections to discover our wide range of equipment. Our passion is bringing adaptive sports equipment to those who are disabled so that they, too, can enjoy the great outdoors.
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes
SPORTS for exceptional athletes (S4EA) is a new sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities age 5 through adult in San Diego County.
Summer Camp for Kids with Disabilities
Please refer to Exceptional Family Resource Center website at www.efronline.org. This valuable resource receives many inquiries about recreational activities and summer camps for children with special needs and has developed a resource list on its website.
Tap Fever Studio
Tap Fever Studios provides accessible dance opportunities to people of all ages, with and without disabilities. We empower students to achieve their goals through the performing arts.
The City of San Diego
The City of San Diego provides sports, recreation, leisure and outreach services to San Diegans with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Services include therapeutic recreation programs and adaptive sports opportunities which address the special needs of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty accessing and participating in recreation opportunities offered to the general public.
Phone: 858-756-4117, ext. 319
The Miracle League
The Miracle League is a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges with opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league.
Tierrasanta Ayso Region 152 Soccer Vip Program
The AYSO VIP program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. All VIP players have the opportunity to play a minimum of one-half of each game.
UCLA Recreation Center – Adaptive Recreation
UCLA Adaptive Recreation is committed to providing innovative services, educational resources, and adaptive equipment and programming to individuals with disabilities.
Contact: Jamie Hoffman
A non-profit, volunteer-based organization, serving the recreational needs of people with disabilities. It promotes adaptive sports and encourages people with disabilities to participate in sports, recreational, and social activities in their communities. This organization is located in Los Angeles.
U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer
U..S Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the U.S. Youth Soccer family.
USARC-US Adaptive Recreation Center
Offers summer and winter adaptive recreation programs and camps.
United States Paralympics
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities. Since its formation in 2001, U.S. Paralympics has been inspiring Americans to achieve their dreams. Through education, sports programs and partnerships with community organizations, medical facilities and government agencies, U.S. Paralympics is making a difference in the lives of thousands of physically disabled people every day.
Vista Girls Spirit Softball Division
Softball program for boys and girls ages 5-17 with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
Contact Person: Faygene Barber
Walking Trout Foundation
The Walking Trout Foundation is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation or any other kind of corporation. We’re not even sure if it is a “foundation,” but it sounds cool (and gives us WTF as our abbreviation). WTF is just a group of 40-something high school and college friends who like backpacking, camping, fishing and telling stories, and who want to share the outdoors with people with mobility limitations. Website: http://walkingtrout.com/Foundation.html
A program which offers ballroom and latin dancing for people with disabilities.
Willow Creek Archery
Willow Creek Archery offers a wheelchair-accessible indoor archery facility. Lessons are available at $10/hour. Rental equipment is available.
Winter Ski Programs
Check with your local ski resort for adaptive ski programs. A number of ski resorts offer adaptive ski programs with one-on-one instruction and adaptive ski equipment for cerebral palsy patients. Local resorts include Bear Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Heavenly Valley. Visit www.usarc.org for a listing of programs.