Living in the Community - Recreation

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Information

  • Enjoying an active healthy lifestyle is important to everyone.
  • Contact your community’s Parks and Recreation Department. Inquire about accessible trails, bathroom facilities and access ways to tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball dug outs. Inquire about adaptive sport programs for adults and children.
  • Contact your local school district and request permission to walk or wheel around the track after school or work.
  • During inclement weather, take advantage of walking or wheeling at your local mall and window shop.
  • For an evening out on the town, planning is essential. “Call Ahead” seating is available at many restaurants. Take advantage of it! Let the hostess know that you will need accommodations for a wheelchair user.
  • If you are planning on enjoying an evening movie, try to arrive early, as accessible seating is limited.
  • Large events such as concerts, auto races, circuses, theater productions, and amusement parks may require research prior to purchasing tickets.
  • The definition of accessible to one person may not be the same for another. SBA encourages you to advocate for yourself and /or family member easy access to public events and your community.

Resources

Recommended Reading

Accessible Gardening for People with Physical Disabilities, by Janeen R. Adil

Inclusive and Special Recreation: Opportunities For Persons With Disabilities, by Ralph W. Smith

Therapeutic Recreation and the Nature of Disabilities, by Kenneth Mobily and Richard D. Macneil


Organizations that Can Help

Access to Recreation
http://www.accesstr.com/AMAZING/grants.asp?url=FG

Adaptive Tennis
http://www.usta.com/PlayNow/Adaptive.aspx

Adaptive Hunting and Fishing
http://www.adaptiveoutdoorsman.com/

Adaptive Dance
http://www.familyvillage.wisc.edu/Leisure/dance.html

Blaze Sports
http://www.blazesports.com

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
www.ncpad.org

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association
http://www.narha.org

Paralympics
http://paralympics.teamusa.org/content/index/411

Project Civic Access
http://www.ada.gov/civicac.htm

TOPS Soccer
http://www.osysa.com

Please Note: These resources and information are reviewed periodically. They do not represent all of the resources currently available on a topic. If any updates are needed or if you would like to recommend a resource, please email the Resource Center at sbaa@sbaa.org.