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
Outdoor Recreation--General
Sports and Recreational Associations and Publications
Water Sports
Sporting Equipment, Recreational Items and Games

Bicycling--see also under Sports Associations

International Bicycle Tours   

Box 754
Essex, CT 06426
860-767-7005
Fax 860-767-3090
ibt@sbcglobal.net
www.internationalbicycletours.com/about.htm
Has tandem and mixed tours in U.S. and Europe and custom tours.
 

Skiing, Snow--also under Outdoor Recreation

Adaptive Sports Association

125 E. 32nd Street
Durango, CO 81302
970-259-0374
Winter program office
1 Skier Place
970-385-2163
970-385-2193
info@asadurango.com
www.asadurango.com/
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@absf.org
www.absf.org/index.htm
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
207-824-2440
Toll Free: 800-639-7770
Fax: 207-824-0453
info@maineadaptive.org
www.maineadaptive.org/
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
info@nscd.org
www.nscd.org/
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

1455 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
612-827-3232
info@sfl.org
www.sfl.org/
Cross-country skiing for blind, visually-impaired, and mobility-impaired individuals and their guides.

Outdoor Recreation--General

The American Camp Association

5000 State Road 67 N.
Martinsville, IN 46151
Toll Free: 800-428-2267
765-342-8456
www.ACAcamps.org
ACA publishes Camping Magazine. Their camp database can also be searched online.

Blind Outdoor Leisure Development (BOLD)

P.O. Box M
Aspen, CO 81612
info@wpabold.org or send an e-mail at http://oneworldblueportals.com/bold/index.php?page=contactus
http://oneworldblueportals.com/bold/
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
765-342-2915
Fax: 765-349-1086
bradwoods@indiana.edu
www.bradwoods.org/
Has summer camps for ages 8-18, outdoor challenge education, environmental education and arranges custom events.

Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center

Box 697
Breckenridge, CO 80424
Toll-free:  800-383-2632
970-453-6422
Fax 970-453-4676
boec@boec.org
www.boec.org/
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

Box 2062
Estes Park, CO 80517
Toll Free: 800-836-4008
303-447-2804
Fax: 303-447-8356
Estes Park Lodge: 970-586-4677
info@totalclimbing.com
www.totalclimbing.com/page.php?pname=guided
Does rock climbing instruction and trips.

National Camps for Blind Children (NCBC)

4444 South 52nd Street
Lincoln, NE 68516
402-488-0981
Fax (402) 488-7582
info@christianrecord.org

Canada

Christian Record Services, Canada

National Camps for the Blind
1300 King St East, Box 31119
Oshawa, ON L1H 8N9
CANADA
905-436-6938
Fax: 905-436-7102
page@christianrecordservices.ca
www.crsblindservices.ca  (Canada)
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
321-757-6824
wyantdr@aol.com
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

Box 139
Killington, VT 05751
802-786-4991
Mobile: 802.353.8129
Fax 802-786-4986
director@vermontadaptive.org
www.vermontadaptive.org/
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

Wilderness Inquiry

808 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Toll Free: 800-728-0719
612-676-9400
Fax: 612-676-9401
info@wildernessinquiry.org
www.wildernessinquiry.org/
Offers wide variety of wilderness trips for persons of all abilities and ages. Schedule is available.

Sports and Recreational Associations and Publications

American Blind Bowling Association

Fred Nickl
111 South Dwyer
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
847-253-3104
fatblindguy@gmail.com
www.abba1951.org/
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
781-944-3586
Cell: 781-254-9829
s.dresser@verizon.net
www.acbhams.org/
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.
425-444-8256
To send an e-mail, go to www.blindjudofoundation.org/contact.php
www.blindjudofoundation.org/
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

National Council
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
972-580-2000
To send an e-mail, go to www.scouting.org/ContactUs.aspx
www.scouting.org/

Courage Center

3915 Golden Valley Road
Minneapolis, MN 55422
Toll Free: 888-846-8253
763-588-0811
Fax 763-520-0577
Information@CourageCenter.org
www.couragecenter.org/
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)
 763-520-0512
hamradio@couragecenter.org
www.handiham.org/drupal2/
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
212-852-8000
To send an e-mail, go to www.girlscouts.org/contact/email.asp
To locate your nearest group go to www.girlscouts.org/councilfinder/
www.girlscouts.org/

International Blind Chess Association

Stephen Hilton, General Secretary
Phone/Fax: 0049 5681 1341
steviehilton1962@gmail.com or stephenhibcasecretarygeneral@gmail.com
www.ibca-info.org/
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)
secretary@nbba.org
www.nbba.org/
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
202-707-5100
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
719-.866-3224
Fax: 719-866-3400
jpotts@usaba.org
www.usaba.org/
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

David Meador
Nashville TN
615-385-0784
davidmeador@bellsouth.net
www.usblindgolf.com/
Organization of blind golfers.

United States Braille Chess Association

Secretary, Jay Leventhal
111-20 76th Rd. Apt. 5L
Forest Hills, NY 11375
(718) 275-2209
ajpietrolungo@verizon.net
www.americanblindchess.org/
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.
 

Water Sports

Handicapped Scuba Association

HSA International
1104 El Prado
San Clemente, CA 92672
949-498-4540
Fax: 949-498-6128
hsa@hsascuba.com
www.hsascuba.com/
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.

Sporting Equipment, Recreational Items and Games

Access to Recreation

8 Sandra Ct.
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Toll Free: 800-634-4351
customerservice@accesstr.com.
www.accesstr.com/AMAZING/index.asp
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#
www.independentliving.com/
Has playing cards, board games, card games, sewing aids, large print crossword puzzles and other recreational items.

LS&S Group

Box 673
Northbrook, IL 60065
Toll Free: 800-468-4789
716-348-3500
Toll Free Fax: 877-498-1482
To send an e-mail, go to www.lssproducts.com/contact
www.lssproducts.com/
Has talking tape measure, braille and large print playing cards, board games, braille dice and more.

Lighthouse International

111 East 59th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10022
212-821-9384 (Lighthouse Store)
info@lighthouse.org
www.lighthouse.org/store/
Carries a variety of recreational items.

Maxi-Aids, Inc.

42 Executive Blvd.,
Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA
800-522-6294 - (To Order)
631-752-0521 - (For Information)
Fax: 1-631-752-0689
To send an e-mail, go to www.maxiaids.com/store/contactUs.asp
www.maxiaids.com/store/default.asp
Has games and recreational items.

Sportime

One Sportime Way
Atlanta, GA 30340
Toll Free: 800-283-5700
Toll Free Fax:  800-845-1535
customercare@schoolspecialty.com
http://store.schoolspecialty.com/OA_HTML/ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?minisite=10028
They sell a variety of sports supplies for persons with disabilities and a teachers guide to help with inclusion.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired, Inc.

9 Nolan Ct.
Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone/Fax 631-724-4479
contact@tvi-web.com
www.tvi-web.com/
Distributes Robotron's Columbus Talking Compass