Leisure and Recreation

Disabled Sports USA  the nation's largest organization providing year-round sports and recreation activities to children and adults with physical disabilities.  In conjunction with its nationwide network of chapters serving people in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, Disabled Sports USA offers such activities as snow skiing, water skiing, bicycling, white water rafting, horseback riding, mountain climbing, sailing, camping, and track and field. Contact Disabled Sports USA for the telephone number of a local chapter near you.

Great Outdoor Recreation Pages  Offers the freshest and most unique travel destinations and inspires viewer participation in everything from an afternoon hike to a weeks-long biking adventure. GORP visitors recount their own experiences and share information through a sophisticated menu of online forums, contests, discussions and cross marketing initiatives.  This is their Community page for People With Disabilities.

Wilderness Inquiry is a non-profit organization that focuses on getting people from all walks of life to personally experience the natural world. We believe there is nothing quite like going there to fully appreciate the environment and the people we share it with.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS)   A free national library program of braille and recorded materials for persons with visual and physical disabilities is administered by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D)  RFB&D is a national nonprofit service organization that provides educational and professional books in accessible format to people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, and other physical disabilities that prevent them from reading printed material.  This includes individuals who are no longer in school but who are using educational books to pursue careers or personal interests. RFB&D also accepts requests to record books that are not already contained in its 75,000-title Master Tape Library.

Fishing Has No Boundaries   Volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to taking people
with disabilities on a weekend of fishing.  There are numerous (?) events around the United States.  (The schedule listed an event in Minnesota, but I did not see others scheduled on the website.)

World Recreation Association for the Deaf  Non-profit recreational, educational, and cultural organization made up of deaf, hearing impaired and hearing people who live in all parts of the world. Anyone is welcome to join WRAD provides special services such as sign language interpreters, to break down the barriers of activities in society, so that deaf and hard of hearing individuals are welcome to participate.  Chapters in most states, many recreational activities scheduled.  (However, site is so slow loading I went and made lunch!)

Sailing Web Options for Sailors with Disabilities  Sailing clubs for people with physical disabilities in several states, information about accessible sailboats.

Website of The Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing  Website of the Canadian Disabled Alpine Ski Team

Movie Reviews for Visually Impaired People  The movie reviews on this home page will not make judgments about profanity, violence or sexuality. Our sole concern is to inform viewers about the ease or difficulty that visually impaired people will experience while following the story.

Handicapped Scuba Association  Diving for people with disabilities

Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games  18-29 October 2000

Level Games  Accessible versions of classic arcade games and present a "level playing field" for players with unequal abilities.These are not therapy games (although they can benefit hand-eye coordination etc.) but are designed purely for fun. Each game contains a control panel to allow users to adjust all the major game functions through a VERY WIDE RANGE. With these features LEVELGAMES can be played by players of any age and almost any ability.

American Camping Association's website offers an interactive searchable database of camps. There is a category in the search parameters to choose among "Physical or Mental Challenge".

Accessible Vacation Home referral  Swap your home during your next vacation with somebody in such destinations as France, Egypt, the UK or Canada.  Over 100 attractive offers waiting for you! The base of participants lists the accessibility features of their homes and dates they wish to travel.

Moss Rehab Resource Net   List of Government Resources, including links to find out about government warnings overseas and other helps for the travelers with disabilities.

Emerging Horizons, the accessible travel newsletter produced by C&C Creative Concepts.  A consumer oriented newsletter which accepts no advertising in order to present an unbiased view of accessible travel options. Features foreign and domestic destinations, accessible lodgings (including B&B's), recreation, travel tips and lots of resources. Website has extensive information on accessibility in all areas of the world.

American Action Fund for Blind Children & Adults, Free Braille Children's Book Series Program:  free Braille program for certain books, such as Babysitters Club, Goosebumps.

Resources To Go - A Resourceful Guide for Special-Needs Travelers  A terrific resource for travelers with special needs. Well-researched articles about destinations and lots of other important
information.  You need to join and get a password, it's an "e-zine", or you can read archives without joining.

Access-Able Travel Source, Providing Access Information To Mature And Disabled Travelers, Index Page, list of magazines, travel tips, cruise lines and what ships area accessible, relay and voice phone numbers for hotels, car rental, airlines and states, travel agents that have tours or can plan trips for special needs, forums and a bulletin board.

Books and Articles

Accessible gardening for people with disabilities: A guide to methods, tools, and plants.  Adil, J. (1994). Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House. (Available from Woodbine House, 6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817. Telephone: 1-800-843-7323.)

The travelin' talk directory. Crowder, R. (1993, February). Clarksville, TN: Travelin' Talk. (Available from Access Able, P.O. Box 1796, Wheat Ridge, CO 80034, (303) 232-2979, www.travelintalk.net.)

Including people with disabilities in camp programs: A resource for camp directors. Roswal, G., Dowd, K.J., & Bynum, J.W. (Eds.). (1998). Martinsville, IN: American Camping Association. (Available from American Camping Association, 5000 State Road 67 North, Martinsville, IN 46151-7902. Telephone: (765) 342-8456. Website

Easy access to national parks: The Sierra Club guide for persons with disabilities. Roth, W., & Tompane, M. (1998).San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. (Available from Sierra Club Books, 85 Second St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105. Telephone: 1-800-935-1056.)

Lifelong leisure skills and lifestyles for persons with developmental disabilities. Schleien, S.J. (Ed.), & Meyer, L.H., & Heyne, L.A. (Contributors). (1995).  Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes.

A list of travel agent links providing accessibility:

Eastern Light Getaways, Inc.  1810 Byberry Road, Suite A, Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: (215) 633-6100, Toll Free:  (800) 237-7547
Accessible Adventures P.O. Box 888, Village Square, RT 100, Waitsfield,  VT 05673
Tel:  (802) 496-2252, Toll Free:  (888) 880-0222
Accessible Journeys, 35 West Sellers Ave., Ridley Park,  PA 19078
Tel:  (610) 521-0339, Toll Free:  (800) TINGLES
Alaska Welcomes You!, Inc., P.O. Box 91333, Anchorage AK 99509-1333
Phone/TTY: 1-800-349-6301 [USA] 1-907-349-6301
Alternative Leisure Company, Inc., Trips Unlimited, 9 Elmbrook Road, Bedford, MA 01730
Phone:  (781) 275-0023
Connie George Travel Associates, P.O. Box 312, Glenolden, PA  19036
phone/fax 610-532-0989  888-532-0989, Email:  connie@compuserve.com
Cruise Planners, 70 Garland Road, Nottingham, NH 03290, Tel:  (800) 801-9002
Cruisin, Tel:  (800)-697-2457
Discovery Hills Travel, 886 Overlook Circle, San Marcos,  CA 92069
Tel:  (760) 744-6536, Toll Free:  (800) 750-5975
Medically Escorted Cruises and Tours, 915 East Cypress Creek Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334
Tel:  (954) 491-2223, Toll Free:  (877) 226-3218
Sprout's Vacation Program, Travel for individuals with MR/DD
Departures from New York City and Boston.
Sprout’s ever-growing selection of weekend and extended trips transports our participants to new and exciting locations around the world. From relaxing weekend escapes to week-long trips of travel and discovery, Sprout has a vacation to please everyone. For 21 and over.
The Guided Tour, 7900 Old York Road, Suite 114-B, Elkins Park,  PA 19027-2339
Tel:  (215) 782-1370, Toll Free:  (800) 783-5841
Travel Friends has opened up Iceland’s magnificient scenery, to create a holiday with a difference on which people with disabilities can feel safe, secure and completely at home.
TRIPS Inc. 960 East 19th Street, Eugene, Oregon 97403
Tel:  (800) 686-1013 or (541) 686-1013
WRIGHT WAY LTD, U.K. Tours for the Physically Challenged, 26 Haycroft Close, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, GLOS GL52 4SR, UK, Tel:  +44(0) 1242 677787
ASTA - American Society of Travel Agents, Inc.
CLIA - Cruise Lines International Association

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