Sports, Recreational and Leisure Resources
These organizations and companies provide products or services useful for blind and visually impaired persons seeking recreational opportunities. This list not necessarily a complete listing of all organizations, manufacturers or distributors nor does listing imply ACB endorsement.
Bicycling--see also under Sports Associations
Skiing, Snow--also under Outdoor Recreation
Sports and Recreational Associations and Publications
Sporting Equipment, Recreational Items and Games
International Bicycle Tours
Adaptive Sports Association
125 E. 32nd Street
Durango, CO 81302
Winter program office
1 Skier Place
Facilitates outdoor activities, including hiking, skiing, snowboarding and kayaking for people with physical and cognitive disabilities.
The American Blind Skiing Foundation
1831 Mission Hills Rd., Unit 203
Northbrook, IL 60062-5745
312-409-1605 (leave a message)
ABSF is committed to serving visually impaired children & adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences that build confidence & independence that can last a lifetime. Has alpine skiing, day and weekend trips.
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (formerly Maine Handicapped Skiing)
8 Sundance Lane
Newry, Maine 04261
Toll Free: 800-639-7770
Under our new name, we are proud to continue offering year-round adaptive recreational programs that teach adaptive sports activities to people with physical disabilities, ages four and up. We believe that having access to and participating in recreational sports is integral to a well-rounded life for every person. MHS is the largest year-round adaptive recreation program in the state of Maine for adults and children with physical disabilities. Over 400 volunteers assist our athletes in appreciating the joys and challenges of sports participation.
National Sports Center for the Disabled
1801 Mile High Stadium Circle, #1500
Denver, CO 80204
Winter Park Resort
33 Parsenn Road
P.O. Box 1290
Winter Park, Colorado 80482
303-316-1518 or 970-726-1518
Summer activities: rafting/kayaking, sailing, cycling, camping, fishing, rock climbing, hiking, horseback riding, soccer, lacrosse. Winter activities: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing; ski biking; snowboarding; race teams; winter trips/camps, rock climbing, indoor kayaking, soccer, lacrosse.
Ski for Light
The American Camp Association
5000 State Road 67 N.
Martinsville, IN 46151
Toll Free: 800-428-2267
ACA publishes Camping Magazine. Their camp database can also be searched online.
Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD)
P.O. Box M
Aspen, CO 81612
email@example.com or send an e-mail at http://oneworldblueportals.com/bold/index.php?page=contactus
Has skiing, snow mobiling, ice skating, and other outdoor activities, also many summer activities such as hiking, and rock climbing.
Bradford Woods Outdoor Center
5040 State Rd. 67 North
Martinsville, IN 46151
Has summer camps for ages 8-18, outdoor challenge education, environmental education and arranges custom events.
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Offers skiing, year-round camping, snowshoeing, wilderness programs, climbing wall, ropes course, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, group leadership development and team-building programs and customized programs.
Colorado Mountain School
Estes Park, CO 80517
Toll Free: 800-836-4008
Estes Park Lodge: 970-586-4677
Does rock climbing instruction and trips.
National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC)
4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
Fax (402) 488-7582
Christian Record Services, Canada
National Camps for the Blind
1300 King St East, Box 31119
Oshawa, ON L1H 8N9
www.blindcamps.org/ (United States)
NCBC is a part of Christian Record Services and has summer camps across the U.S. and Canada. Call or write for more information. (In regard to other camping opportunities, see American Camping Association listing above and/or see our camps resource list).
U.S. Blind Horseshoe Pitchers Association
395 Baytree Dr.
Melbourne, FL 32940
The U.S. Blind Horseshoe Pitchers Association provides resource material and assists blind and visually impaired individuals in finding a place to pitch horse shoes in their area.
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports
Killington, VT 05751
Programs include but are not limited to: Alpine Skiing; Sailing; Goalball; Cross Country Skiing; Canoeing and Kayaking; Adventure Weekends; Snowboarding; Cycling; Specialty Events; Snowshoeing; Guided Burlington Bike Path Trips; Indoor Rock Climbing; Hiking; Camping; Beeper Baseball; Tennis
808 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Toll Free: 800-728-0719
Offers wide variety of wilderness trips for persons of all abilities and ages. Schedule is available.
American Blind Bowling Association
111 South Dwyer
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Membership group of blind bowlers, over 2,000 in the U.S. and Canada. They also sell bowling rails, 12 foot length available plus 3 foot extensions available.
ACB Radio Amateurs
Steve Dresser, President
167 Green Street
Reading, MA 01867
ACBRA is an organization of blind and sighted licensed radio amateurs who work together to make the hobby more accessible to people who are blind.
Blind Judo Foundation
Promoting the sport of Judo to the blind and visually impaired community.
To send an e-mail, go to www.blindjudofoundation.org/contact.php
Promotes the sport of Judo to the blind and visually impaired community by identifying Head Instructors and their Dojos interested in working with the blind & visually impaired.
Boy Scouts of America
3915 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55422
Toll Free: 888-846-8253
Has many sports and recreational programs for people with disabilities.
Courage HANDI-HAM System
3915 Golden Valley Rd.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Toll Free: 866-426-3442)
An organization for visually impaired and/or physically disabled ham radio buffs. They provide study material on tape and adaptive ham radio technology for sale and loan to program participants. Has camps in California and in Minnesota annually.
Girl Scouts of the USA
420 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10018-2798
Toll Free: 800-478-7248
To send an e-mail, go to www.girlscouts.org/contact/email.asp
To locate your nearest group go to www.girlscouts.org/councilfinder/
International Blind Chess Association
Stephen Hilton, General Secretary
Phone/Fax: 0049 5681 1341
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
IBCA websites in some countries include: England; Ireland; Austria (German language); Italy (Italian language) FIDE (Federation Internationale Des Echecs) is the apex body for chess amongst the sighted. Similarly the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) is the apex body of chess for the blind and is in turn affiliated to FIDE. The main purpose of IBCA is to promote chess for the visually challenged across the globe. Now, it has grown to such an extent that it has over 71 member countries from all continents, starting from Europe to more recent South Africa, Latin America and Asia.
National Beep Baseball Association
4020 Baffin Lane, NE
Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: (866) 400-4551 (Option 2)
The NBBA is a representative national organization which assists, promotes, encourages and develops amateur beep baseball programs throughout the United States of America and internationally.
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
1291 Taylor St. NW
Washington, DC 20542
Toll Free: 800-424-8567
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Outdoor Life magazines are available through NLS. They also produce "Sports Schedules" - braille schedules of the major baseball, basketball, football and hockey leagues. Contact your regional library for more information.
United States Association for Blind Athletes
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909
USABA is a Colorado-based 501(c) (3) organization that provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with a visual impairment. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA provides athletic opportunities in various sports including, but not limited to track and field, nordic and alpine skiing, biathlon, judo, wrestling, swimming, tandem cycling, powerlifting and goalball (a team sport for the blind and visually impaired).
United States Blind Golf Association
United States Braille Chess Association
Secretary, Jay Leventhal
111-20 76th Rd. Apt. 5L
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Groups aim is to foster and encourage over-the-board and correspondence chess among the blind. One over-the-board tournament is held per year.
Handicapped Scuba Association
1104 El Prado
San Clemente, CA 92672
HSA Int'l. has worldwide educational programs. HSA operates as an independent diver training and certifying agency and each year plans, coordinates and conducts several dive vacations to exotic locations.
Access to Recreation
8 Sandra Ct.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Toll Free: 800-634-4351
Has recreational aids for persons with mobility impairments. May be useful to blind or visually impaired persons who are also mobility impaired.
Independent Living Aids
200 Robbins Lane
Jericho, NY 11753
Toll Free: 800-537-2118
To send an e-mail, go to www.independentliving.com/contact.asp#
Has playing cards, board games, card games, sewing aids, large print crossword puzzles and other recreational items.
Northbrook, IL 60065
Toll Free: 800-468-4789
Toll Free Fax: 877-498-1482
To send an e-mail, go to www.lssproducts.com/contact
Has talking tape measure, braille and large print playing cards, board games, braille dice and more.
42 Executive Blvd.,
Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA
800-522-6294 - (To Order)
631-752-0521 - (For Information)
To send an e-mail, go to www.maxiaids.com/store/contactUs.asp
Has games and recreational items.
One Sportime Way
Atlanta, GA 30340
Toll Free: 800-283-5700
Toll Free Fax: 800-845-1535
They sell a variety of sports supplies for persons with disabilities and a teachers guide to help with inclusion.