Sports and Recreation

  • Adaptive Sailing Adaptive sailing refers to programs that provide unrestricted access to the water and experiential sailing for persons with disabilities.  New
  • All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about using all-terrain vehicles. All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are among the most popular recreational vehicles in the nation today, but along with popularity comes increased risk and sometimes carelessness. Don't spoil the fun—get a copy of this timely list of safety reminders today.
  • Armchair World: Handicapped-Accessible Tours fishing, kayaking, white-water rafting…
  • Boating Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about boating. An afternoon on the water in an open boat is one of summer’s most alluring pastimes. Keep all your sailors and yourself safe and dry with this informative compilation of common-sense rules for mariners of all ages.
  • Canadian Parasports
  • Disability and Sports from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Disability  New
  • Disabled Sailing
  • International Paralympic Committee
  • International Tennis Federation's Wheelchair Tennis
  • International Wheelchair Basketball Federation
  • Learning to Adjust the Sails of Life  New
  • Masters Athletes by Sheila Kealey, a health promotion consultant, writer, and athlete. She covers the new and active way of growing old in America. No longer are people settling for shuffleboard. Or mall walking. Or deep knee bends. They are running track, playing baseball – yes, hardball! – and even surfing well into their 60s and beyond. You’ll get updates on current health and wellness topics, the latest nutrition research, healthy recipes, and nutrition strategies for optimal health and athletic performance.
  • Motorcycle Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association has a publication about using motorcycles. "Born to be wild" may be an anthem for a generation of motorcycles enthusiasts but the accident rates are a sobering reminder that there's more to riding than the romance of the open road. Make that inner "Easy Rider" a "Safer Rider" with this valuable list of statistics and safety tips.
  • Move United. Move United uses sports to push what's possible so everyone, regardless of ability, has equal access to sports and recreation in their community. Established in 1956, Move United is an Affiliate of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.  New
  • National Wheelchair Basketball Association
  • Personal Watercraft Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association has a publication about personal watercraft. Rules and safety tips for using a personal watercraft.
  • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International)
  • Snowmobile Safety Tips (.pdf) [Not currently available—being updated for sale.] The United Spinal Association offers a free publication about using snowmobiles. The lure of a pristine, snow-covered mountainside is irresistible for snowmobile aficionados and to make sure you get back to the lodge safely, check out this handy review of do's and don'ts for this fast-growing winter sport.
  • Special Olympics
  • Special Olympics Maryland
  • Spokes 'n Motion services include the distribution of equipment, sports program advice, and instructional services for the disabled community. Equipment and services now cover skiing, water sports, wheelchairs, cycling, travel, adventure sports, and acccessibility products.
  • TAASC The Adaptive Adventure Sports Coalition
  • U CAn Do Wheelchair-height pinball machine
  • USTA Tennis Association's Special Populations Program: Adaptive Tennis The game of tennis can be adapted to accommodate any age, environment, condition or disability. The charge of USTA Adaptive Tennis is to promote and develop recreational tennis opportunities for individuals with varying abilities and circumstances through inclusion, knowledge and support. The USTA continues to support programming for individuals with physical, developmental and situational challenges.
  • USTA Wheelchair Tennis
  • About USTA Wheelchair Tennis: Tennis made Accessible
  • Wheelchair Dancing BBC TV Competition Program The new show is to be called "Dancing on Wheels", which will involve celebrities being paired with wheelchair users in a dance competition.
  • Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Products

Service Dogs & Therapy Animals

Did you know that service animals are not always dogs. They can include monkeys, cats, and small horses!

There is not a comprehensive list of what types of animals can be service animals. Animals, like people, have different temperaments, limitations, skills, and abilities. Thus, different types and breeds of animals may be trained to perform specific tasks. Matching a particular animal's skills and abilities to the tasks that need to be performed can be an important factor for a person with a disability when selecting a service animal.

Often, phrases are coined to describe the type of impairment or task a particular animal is assisting with-such as "signal dog," "hearing cat," "assistance monkey," "guide horse," and "seizure response dog."

National Association of Guide Dog Users Comments on Silent Hybrid Cars

Traveling with service animals?

Additional links about service animals

  • Service Dogs in Wikipedia
  • Fidos for Freedom Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for people in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan community by providing specially trained hearing dogs, service dogs, and therapy dogs. Fidos also educates the public about individuals with disabilities and about the benefits of assistance dogs and therapy dogs and the work that these specially trained dogs do for individuals with disabilities, children with reading difficulties, and patients in health care facilities.
  • Assistance Dogs International, Inc.. The global authority in the service dogs industry. Standards
  • Assistive Pooches: Service Dogs
  • Canadian Guide Dogs For The Blind / Chiens Guides Canadiens Pour Aveugles
  • Epilepsy Ontario Service Dogs [Canada]
  • Guide Dogs of America Guide Dogs of America provides guide dogs and instruction in their use, free of charge, to blind and visually impaired men and women from the United States and Canada.
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind Association [United Kingdom]]
  • Guide Dogs For The Blind (GDB) Guide Dogs for the Blind is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; we are a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. With exceptional client services and a robust network of trainers, puppy raisers, donors and volunteers, we prepare highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of our services are provided free of charge; we receive no government funding.
  • Kansas Specialty Dog Service, Inc. changing lives one dog at a time.
  • Working Dog Breeds from K9 Research Lab
  • WorkingDog Magazine
  • Therapeutic Horses
    • Adaptive Riding – Horse
    • Hippotherapy and Therapeutic/Adaptive Riding "Which one is best for my child?" by The Children's TherAplay Foundation, Inc. Through hippotherapy, specially-trained physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists apply the movement, rhythm, and repetition of the horse's movement as a treatment strategy to help patients achieve therapeutic goals. Using different combinations of patterns, speeds, and riding postures, highly-trained therapists are able to provide precisely the sensory and neurological input each child will benefit from most.Therapeutic / adaptive riding is a recreational activity that has been adapted for those with special needs and tend to be related to riding skills, confidence- and relationship-building, and emotional well-being.
    • Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
    • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International), a federally-registered 501(c3) nonprofit, was formed in 1969 as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association to promote equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) for individuals with special needs.