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Sports      download .pdf

Adaptive Adventures -
Based out of Lakeland, Colorado, and Wilmette, Illinois, Adaptive Adventuresprovide progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. With the help of a large dedicated volunteer base, these programs are made to order for individuals and groups with varying needs. Some of the activities include cycling, skiing, Nordic skiing, rafting, and kayaking. Assistance is provided to adapt the equipment, complete transfers, and do the activities.

Adaptive Sportsmen -
Located in Greenfield, WI, this organization provides outdoor recreational opportunities for physically challenged people in Wisconsin. Those activities include deer hunting, archery, ATV rides, fishing, boating, and more. Ph 414.916.2298 or 414.333.4745 03/18/18

Adaptive Water Skiing -
Several groups participate in this program and offer sit skis and other adaptive equipment for water sports. Ph 262.720.7031 03/18/18

Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club -
The Chicago-based Dare2tri Paratriathlon club serves youth, adults, and injured service members who have a physical disability such as amputation, spinal cord injury, stroke, Spina Bifida, or Cerebral Palsy as well as those with visual impairments or blindness. They serve athletes of all ability levels from beginner to elite. Athletes can compete in all three disciplines or be part of a relay team. Athletes receive the coaching, training, and support needed for these activities. Adaptive equipment is also provided as needed.

Disabled Outdoor Opportunities -
A few links on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources provides dates and places for those interested in hunting and fishing.

Disabled Sports USA -
This organization seeks to improve the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities. Disabilities include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, other neuromuscular/orthopedic conditions, autism and related intellectual disabilities.

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) -
GLASA was formed over 20 years ago to provide sports and recreational opportunities to children and adults who had a primary physical or visual impairment. At that time, few communities had the resources to offer the adaptations needed for quality recreational and sports programs for children and adults with those types of impairments. Today, GLASA provides a wide range of daily programming for youth and adults ranging from the beginner to the elite athlete. Many of these athletes participate in local, regional and national competitions.

Lynzay Legois Free Waterskiing Club -
Free waterskiing lessons - along with adaptive equipment - are provided in memory of Lynzay Legois. Ph 262.497.8977 03/18/18

Midwestern Amputee Golf Association -
Established in 2001, the MWAGA is a volunteer group of individuals who have experienced and overcome the loss of a limb or limbs and utilize the game of golf to promote friendship, fitness, fun and rehabilitation through active participation in golf for amputees of all ages.

National Amputee Golf Association -
The NAGA and its regional associations promote golf for the physically challenged as a way for amputees and others to play golf despite any disability they may have. One- and two-day clinics, sponsored by hospitals and rehab centers, parks and recreational organizations, and prosthetic and orthopedic companies, get even the most novice of players into the game. Golf tournaments are organized and held throughout the year. NAGA members come from many areas around the world.

National Sports Center for the Disabled -
Based out of Winter Park Resort and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, the NSCD is one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world. Each year more than 3,000 children and adults with disabilities participate in our programs to learn more about sports and themselves. With specially trained staff and volunteers, and its own adaptive equipment lab, the NSCD teaches a variety of winter and summer sports and activities to individuals with almost any physical, cognitive, emotional or behavioral diagnosis.

Open the Outdoors - Wisconsin -
This section of the Dept. of Natural Resources website is devoted to connecting people with disabilities to accessible outdoor recreation around Wisconsin. Info identifies accessible cabins, campsites, trails and beaches, and activities such as kayaking, cross-country skiing, hunting and fishing, many available throughout the year. Ph 608.267.7490 03/18/18

RIC Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program -
The Rehab Institute of Chicago (RIC) Adaptive Sports and Fitness Program provides a place for people with physical disabilities to reach their fullest potential through fitness, recreation, and competitive sports.

Sports4Vets(formerly known as VAAdaptiveSport) -
The same characteristics that lead vets to serve their country will also lead to satisfaction and success in adaptive sports. Disabled Veterans of all ages and abilities report better health, new friendships and a better quality of life when participating in adaptive sports.

Wounded Warrior Project Health, Wellness & Fitness Program -
The WWP provides fitness programs, fitness challenges, education and outreach programs for vets.

Also see Open the Outdoors - Wisconsin (above)




Trails      download .pdf

Illinois Wheelchair Accessible Trails or Wisconsin Wheelchair Accessible Trails -
Within the TrailLink website, developed by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a list can be found of trails that are accessible to wheelchairs, including a brief description of the trail, ratings, and maps.