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Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA “offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with permanent disability.” This webpage contains multiple sections including the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project, Youth Sports Mentoring Program, an event calendar, employment/internship opportunities, and equipment resources. Some of the sports offered include: winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, and fitness and special sports events. Some of the recreation opportunities offered include: snow skiing, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, rafting, cycling, climbing, horseback riding, golf, and social activities.

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Posted by: kplieg on Wed Oct 12, 2011 at 8 p.m.

This website has great links to numerous states and has a lot of valuable information regarding different adaptive sports and equipment funding options. The program also seems challenging and motivating.

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It took me several years of struggling with the heavy door to my building, sometimes having to wait until a person stronger came along, to realize that the door was an accessibility problem, not only for me, but for others as well. And I did not notice, until one of my students pointed it out, that the lack of signs that could be read from a distance at my university forced people with mobility impairments to expend a lot of energy unnecessarily, searching for rooms and offices. Although I have encountered this difficulty myself on days when walking was exhausting to me, I interpreted it, automatically, as a problem arising from my illness (as I did with the door), rather than as a problem arising from the built environment having been created for too narrow a range of people and situations.

Susan Wendell, author of
The Rejected Body: Feminist Philosophical Reflections on Disability