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Sports and Recreation

Fun is for Everyone! And... you can't work hard and be your best when you are feeling fit! Play and recreation are an important part of keeping life in good balance.

Personal Fitness

  • The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability - a federally funded project at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Check out their monographs on exercise for specific disabilities or conditions, adapted physical education, position papers, fitness and health promotion and community recreation.
  • Why you should exerercise - a 1-page .PDF document from the American Medical Association.
  • A Celebration of Wheels - a salute to the contemporary wheelchair and some active wheelchair users who lead full and fulfilling lives.

Adapted Physical Activity

Creative and Expressive Activities

  • Adaptive Dancing - Denver, Colorado
  • Axis Dance Company - a wheelchair dance troupe based in Oakland, CA.
  • Dancing Wheels - an integrated modern dance company comprised of dancers with and without disabilities based in Cleveland, OH.
  • DanceAbility -disabled & abled teachers & performers diminishing attitudinal barriers about disability.
  • Full Radius Dance - explores, through modern dance, human experience in a world of diversity of attitudes, actions and outcomes with particular emphasis on persons with disabilities in Georgia.
  • TitaniumArts - learn to frost or carve designs on glass.
  • VSA Arts - promoting both the power of the arts in the lives of people with disabilities and increased access to the arts, through education, cultural facilities, events, and in the workplace.
  • Touch Compass Dance Company - mixed ability dance in New Zealand.
  • Wheelchair Dance Association - in England.
  • Wheelchair Dance Sport - International Paralympic Committee.
  • WheelchairSport.NL - a bilingual site developed in the Nethlands with over 300 links to wheelchair sports organizations - check out the links on wheelchair dancing!


Sports Organizations

Spectator Sports

Team and Solo Sports

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Outdoor Recreation

Extreme Sports

  • Climbing - Mark Wellman's wheelchair climbing pages.
  • Mountaineering - climbing Mt. Hood and Mt. Ranier in a Snow Pod by Mobility Engineering.
  • Wallace Extreme - check out Bill Wallace's movies of skydiving.

Articles on Recreation

Last Updated: 3-2-2006

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