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Recreation, Leisure & Sports

The following Web sites have been selected by the Medical Library staff.The information presented in these Web sites is intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice.These sites are listed by category in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order.Clicking on any of the links below will open the professional site in a new window.

Adapted Physical Education Resource Manual
The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation ( AAPAR )
The purpose of this manual is to assist parents, educators, administrators,students, and other interested parties in finding resources related to adapted physical education.

Access Sport America
Access Sport America, a national non-profit organization founded in 1995, inspires higher function and fitness for children and adults of all disabilities through high-challenge sports and training.

BlazeSports programs and services are based on an interdisciplinary logic model that addresses the age, skill level, and interest of the child or emerging athlete with a physical disability. Children and their parents are encouraged and shown how to engage in active play that improves kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness, motor planning, and the building blocks of social skills.

Challenger League
Little League
Challenger League is a separate division of Little League to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges, ages 4-18, or up to age 22 if still enrolled in high school, to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other children who participate in this sport worldwide.

Disabled Sports USA
Network of nationwide sports rehabilitation programs including winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. Allows to find sports & recreational organization by state.

How much physical activity do you need?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Has a special section with Guidelines for Children from 6 to 17 years of age. Site includes practical tips on how to help children to be more active.

Inclusive Fitness Coalition
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
The purpose is to increase inclusion and access to health and physical activity for people with disabilities.

International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
IPC is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movemen. It organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and is committed to enabling Paralympic athletes to achieve sporting excellence and to developing sport opportunities for all persons with a disability from the beginner to elite level.

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
A wealth of information on physical activity for people with disabilities including exercise guidelines, factsheets on many popular activites, games, recreational pursuits and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as they wish, how to find a certified inclusive fitness instructor and much more.

Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD)
This organization provides one-to-one and group mentoring programs where caring adults act as positive role models and assist young people to reach their full potential.

PE Central
Resources for teachers and school personnel on adapted physical education including skill assessment instruments, lesson plans, research, national standards and including physical education in students' Individual Educational Plan.

Promoting the Participation of Children with Disabilities in Sports, Recreation, and Physical Activities
Clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses the importance of physical activity, recreation, and sports participation for children with disabilities and offers practical suggestions to health care professionals for the promotion of participation.

Recreational Programs
The Robert and Debra Hartman Keshet International Center
Keshet’s array of recreational programs provides an opportunity for individuals with special needs to be just like everyone else.  Keshet kids are mainstreamed alongside their typically developing peers into existing camp and recreational sport opportunities.

Special Olympics Illinois
Special Olympics Illinois is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that raises funds through private means, such as donations and grants. Special Olympics Illinois is accredited by Special Olympics, Inc. which operates in all 50 states and in more than 180 countries.. Find out more about the Special Olympics program in your geographic area, locate your area on our Area Map and click the link for that area at the right for more information and to contact our Area Directors.

Sports & Leisure
United Cerebral Palsy
UCP Sports and Leisure Channel is designed for people with disabilities who are interested in sports and other leisure activities and proposes creative ideas for inclusive community recreation programs, including outdoor adventure activities for people with disabilities. This site has several sections:

Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions: Air Travel
Transportation Security Administration | U.S. Department of Homeland Security
provides information about programs for screening of persons with disabilities and their associated equipment, mobility aids, and devices and disability-related items permitted through the security checkpoint.

Disability Travel and Recreation Resources
This site is dedicated to offering assistance for persons with disabilities to locate accessable travel informaition and destinations.

US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer
TOPSoccer is the Outreach Program for Soccer which is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability.

U.S. Paralympics
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities.

Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA)
WDSRA is committed to providing a variety of recreation and leisure choices for individuals who have special needs.

Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA (WASUSA)
Promotes multi-sport and recreation opportunities for people with physical and visual disabilities by providing resources and education; conducting regional and national competitions, and providing access to international competitions.