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These websites feature an array of athletic opportunities available to individuals with spinal cord injuries. Activities include such sports as quad rugby and wheelchair tennis as well as recreational events and camps for families.

  • Ability Trip

    AbilityTrip is a centralized resource for accessible travel information – a travel guide – for the community of disabled travelers and their companions. The site provides information on the current state of accessibility by destination including logistics, accommodations, activities, restaurants, and emergency services. AbilityTrip also provides consulting services to destinations seeking to increase their utility and attractiveness to the disabled community.

    Where to Start:

    Selection Destinations and then click on a continent to begin planning your trip.

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  • AbleData

    Sponsored by the US Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), AbleData provides an extensive, well-organized list of assistive devices. Product listings contain a short description and information on price, manufacturer and where to find it. This is an excellent resource for finding available adaptive equipment and learning about new developments in assistive technology and do-it-yourself ideas.

    Where to Start:
    Select the Products tab at the top. This shows a list of product categories such as Aids for Daily Living, Communication and Environmental Adaptations. Select the category of the product you need and browse the extensive database to see what technology is available to you.

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  • American Association of adaptedSPORTS Programs

    AAASP is dedicated to creating a "national network of interscholastic adapted athletic programs." The focus is on ensuring that disabled children grades 1-12 are not left out of athletic competition in their schools. Already, the adaptedSPORTS Model is in use in some states. Here you can learn about various sports, like wheelchair football or power soccer, and get information on how to get involved in the movement.

    Where to Start:
    The Parent link at the bottom offers a packet of useful resources and FAQs. Training Publications provides information about playing and coaching with an adaptedSPORTS program.

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  • American Association of Retired Persons Grandparent Foundation Information Center

    This section of the AARP website provides articles and information for grandparents who play an active role in their grandchildren's lives. The website offers extensive information on finding government aid programs, legal advice, tips on grandparenthood, and caregiving. There are a variety of resources including "Grandparenting a Child with Special Needs."

    Where to Start:
    Under More Information, select the GrandCare Support link. Click on Search Form, and fill in your information. This will direct you to programs in your area that specifically apply to your needs as a grandparent.

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  • Axis Dance Company

    This dance company features dancers with and without disabilities. The professional troupe performs across the country, showcasing their talent as well as educating the public through special disability-awareness presentations and interactive performances for schools. The company also provides classes and workshops for children, teens and adults with or without disabilities.

    Where to Start:
    The Resources page, accessed from the drop-down menu of the Education tab at the top, offers films, videos and essays about physically integrated dance. These include interviews, documentaries and articles that can give you a better understanding of the art, where it's been and where it's headed.

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  • Center of Recovery and Exercise (CORE)

    The Center of Recovery & Exercise is committed to providing a comprehensive activity based neurorecovery program developed specifically for individuals with spinal cord injuries and other related disorders to achieve optimal functional recovery, health and independence. The CORE program utilizes exercise science fundamentals in combination with state-of-the-art rehabilitative equipment and highly skilled trainers in a safe, supportive, goal oriented environment.

    Where to Start:

    Scroll thought the main toolbar to find more information on the program and download an application.

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  • Champ Camp

    Champ Camp is a camp for children and adolescents, ages six and up, who have tracheostomies and those that require respiratory assistance, including the use of ventilators. Many campers also have unique physical challenges, including quadriplegia.

    Where to Start:

    In the main toolbar, select Camper and then click on Camper Criteria.  Here you can learn more about the program to see if your child meets the necessary camper qualifications.  

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  • Dancing Wheels

    This is the website of the first modern dance company to integrate professional stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers. The company performs nationwide, giving presentations and lectures to students and educators and provides dance workshops for a variety of age groups. Dancing Wheels' mission is to educate, integrate and employ people with and without disabilities in the arts through outreach activities, public performances and advocacy.

    Where to Start:
    To get an idea of what integrated contemporary dance looks like, check out the Concerts tab at the top. Here you'll find descriptions of some of the performances as well as video clips from shows like "The Snowman."

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  • Dangerwood Magazine - Toby Wells Foundation

    Dangerwood's mission is to provide the opportunity for all people with disabilities to find others with similar issues and learn from their experiences. It facilitates the sharing of information between people with disabilities, friends, families and researchers. It also provides education to anyone interested in learning more about disabilities or people with disabilities.

    Where to Start:

    Scroll down the homepage to find spinal cord injury information and products.

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  • Disabled Sports USA

    Disabled Sports USA is a national nonprofit organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve injured members of the US military. Now, DS/USA offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a permanent disability. Activities include winter skiing, water sports, summer and winter competitions, fitness and special sports events. Participants include those with visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injury, dwarfism, multiple sclerosis, head injury, cerebral palsy, and other neuromuscular and orthopedic conditions.

    Where to Start:
    On the main tool bar, click Chapters and then select your state of residence. From there, you'll be able to find information on adaptive programs for you or your child in your area.

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  • Handicapped Scuba Association

    Founded in 1981, the Handicapped Scuba Association has dedicated itself to improving the physical and social well being of people with disabilities through the sport of scuba diving, and in doing so, has become the worldwide leading authority in this field.  Made up of over 4,000 underwater educators, scuba divers with disabilities and supporting members, located in over 45 countries, the Handicapped Scuba Association is dedicated to assuring that people with disabilities are given the same opportunity to receive quality training, certification and dive adventures as the able-bodied population.

    Where to Start: 

    On the homepage, select Click Here to Find a Diving Instructor.  This will lead you to a search page where you can find certified dive instructors in your area. 

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  • HandiHelp.net

    Handihelp.net is a website that contains simple ideas and tools that are either inexpensive to purchase or cost little to make. Hopefully, these suggestions will help physically challenged individuals overcome some of the frustrations they face daily.

    Where to Start:

    Start by selecting Blog on the main toolbar to get a sense of the website and to read interesting articles on adaptive technology.  

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  • Healthy Gimp

    The Healthy Gimp provides practical information and motivation for persons with a spinal cord injury, and other physical disabilities, to achieve good health, success and self-determination. It gives tips on and possible solutions to various problems a person with a disability may encounter on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The Healthy Gimp’s goal is to help people with disabilities find solutions, success and happiness.

    Where to Start:

    In the top tool bar, select Spinal Cord Injury.  This page will provide you with information on basic spinal cord injury statistics and an introduction to the website.  

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  • International Tennis Federation Wheelchair Tennis

    Wheelchair tennis is an internationally celebrated pastime. Whether you're looking for long-term sports goals or tips on how to get a game going with family and friends in your area, this is the place to start. Stay informed about national wheelchair tennis news here and see how much the sport has grown since it began in 1976.

    Where to Start:
    Under General Info, on the top menu, is a page called Getting Started. This will give you the basic rules of wheelchair tennis and information on how to start playing. Wheelchair tennis can be played on any regular tennis court with no modifications to rackets or balls.

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  • Journey Forward

    Journey Forward is a 501c(3) charitable organization that is dedicated to bettering the lives of people with spinal cord injuries through an intense exercise program. They serve clients all with different levels of injury and abilities in a full body, activity based fitness and wellness recovery program in the Northeast.

    Where to Start:

    If you are based in the Northeast, visit this website to find more information on their programs.  

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  • Kelly Brush Foundation

    The Kelly Brush Foundation was established by family and friends in 2006 after Kelly was injured in a ski race and sustained a spinal cord injury.  The non-profit is dedicated to advocating for improving ski racing safety, supporting research to treat and cure paralysis due to traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, improving the quality of life for individuals living with Spinal Cord Injury by purchasing adaptive athletic equipment for those with financial limitations and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.

    Where to Start:

    If you are a skier or snowboarder with a spinal cord injury, start by selecting Grants and Programs.  Here you will find information on their programs and information on how to apply.

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  • Life Rolls On Foundation

    Jessie Billauer started the Life Rolls On Foundation in 1999 after he became quadriplegic in a surfing accident.  It's mission is to be a resource and advocate for young people whose lives have been affected by spinal cord injury. The foundation focuses on promoting an active lifestyle despite mobile impairment as shown in their flagship program, "They Will Surf Again." This is a no-cost adaptive surfing program for individuals with a spinal-cord injury.

    Where to Start:
    Click on the Programs tab on the menu at the top. Here you can learn about the various initiatives that Life Rolls On offers, such as "They Will Surf Again," or the networking events for "Active Young Professionals."

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  • Mad Spaz Wheelchair Club

    Mad Spaz Wheelchair Club promotes living life to the fullest.  They offer information on disability adventures, support and resources for wheelchair users and their families.

    Where to Start:

    Start by scrolling down to homepage to read disability-related articles.  Also check out the Forums to exchange ideas and information.  

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  • My Summer Camps: Special Needs

    My Summer Camps is an online directory of summer camps. The website offers extensive lists of camp programs for children with special needs in the US and Canada.

    Where to Start:
    Select Physical Disabilities to get a list of more than 70 camps for children with physical disabilities. Enter your location information or scroll through to find programs that fit your child's needs.

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  • National Center on Physical Activities and Disabilities Fun and Leisure Summer Camps for Children with Disabilities

    This National Center on Physical Activity and Disability factsheet provides a list of summer camps by state to assist children and adults with disabilities in finding a camp that fits their interests, needs, and goals. Programs range from day and overnight camps, to specialized sports and arts and crafts.

    Where to Start:
    Scroll through the fact sheet for general information, then through the listings for your state.

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  • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

    This informational website offers extensive resources on living an active life with a disability. The NCPAD offers information on adaptive sports and recreation, such as sled hockey, adapted martial arts, and camping as well as how to access them. Here you'll find lists of accessible parks in your area, pages on various adapted sports, and articles and videos on health and fitness.

    Where to Start:
    Select Programs from the menu at the left. Then, click on your state and the city nearest you. This leads to a list of local programs with a short description and the contact information for each.

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  • National Wheelchair Basketball Association

    An injury doesn't mean a passion for sports has to end. The NWBA highlights the presence of wheelchair users in the basketball community. On this website, you'll learn about the top competitors in wheelchair basketball and find the latest news in international wheelchair basketball competition. In addition, there are forums that cover sports and statistics, as well as health and fitness for wheelchair users.

    Where to Start:
    Within the Divisions tab at the top there are articles about wheelchair basketball tournaments and invitationals, as well as college-ball athletes and team rankings. For younger individuals, the Intercollegiate page contains information about wheelchair basketball camps being held at various colleges.

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  • National Wheelchair Softball Association

    With over 30 teams nationwide, wheelchair softball is gaining momentum as a summer sport. Here you'll find contact information for local teams, how to get involved as a player, coach or supporter. This website gives all the details on the game, the equipment and teams. You can also view photos and videos.

    Where to Start:

    Be sure to check out In the News on the right of the top menu bar to see what's making headlines in the world of wheelchair softball. You can also go to the Join NWSA page to find out how to get involved.

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  • Neuroxcel

    Neuroxcel is one of the nation’s leading functional movement exercise facilities with the most state-of-the-art researched-backed equipment to date. Neuroxcel’s® Comprehensive Activity-based Strength Training
    (C.A.S.T.®) program helps individuals reach maximum levels of functionality, independence, and regain as much lost capability as possible through repetitive, activity-based strength training. Neuroxcel’s primary client focus are individuals with spinal cord injuries/disorders and other neurological diseases. 
     
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  • NextStep Fitness

    After a spinal cord injury, NextStep Fitness founder, Janne Kouri, was unable to find a fitness center for people with physical disabilities after rehabilitation.  So, with the help of his family, and Dr. Susie Harkema—a neuroscientist who helped create Locomotor Training and Activity Based Therapy— Janne and his wife started NextStep Fitness. Like Janne himself, NextStep Fitness strives to help its clients stay strong, stay fit and stay healthy.

    Where to Start:

    Click “Services”on the main tool bar to learn more about the program and to download the application.  

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  • Paralysis Resource Guide

    The Paralysis Resource Guide, produced by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, is a reference and lifestyle tool for people affected by paralysis. The book includes details on medical and clinical subjects related to all causes of paralysis, as well as health maintenance information. The fully-illustrated book provides a detailed overview of biomedical research, assistive technology, sports and recreation activities, legal and civil rights, social security and benefits, and numerous lifestyle options.

    Where to Start

    The Paralysis Resource Guide (third edition) is a free 442-page book, a comprehensive, illustrated information tool for people affected by paralysis and for those who care for them. The guide is available in multiple electronic formats and hard copy. Follow this link to find more informaiton. 

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  • Project Walk

    Project Walk is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization internationally recognized as a pioneer in the emerging field of activity-based recovery for individuals with a spinal cord injury (Spinal Cord Injury).  Since 1999, they have spent over 250,000 hours working with spinal cord injuries at their center in Carlsbad, California. They work with clients from around the world, who go to participate in various activity-based recovery programs designed to provide the optimum potential for regaining function.

    Where to Start:

    In the main toolbar, select Apply Now.  Here you will find information on the program, and the application form.  

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  • Project Walk - Orlando

    Project Walk Orlando exists to provide those living with a spinal cord injury the opportunity to achieve their greatest recovery potential and an overall increased quality of life.  The center is modeled after the highly successful Project Walk® in Carlsbad, California, which is an aggressive and comprehensive exercise-based program.  Their methodology for Spinal Cord Injury recovery extends the program's reach and affordability to the southeastern United States, Florida residents and beyond.

    Where to Start:

    Start by scrolling over Programs to see the resources that Project Walk Orlando offers.  If you want to find more information on or are interested in applying to a program, select Client Center.  

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  • Push to Walk

    Founded in 2007, Push to Walk is the only non-profit specialized exercise gym in the New York-New Jersey area that empowers people with spinal cord injuries to realize their individual potential.  Push to Walk’s rigorous one-on-one workout approach challenges clients to reach their personal goals and achieve maximum independence, leading to greater success and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. A 501(C)3 non-profit, Push to Walk is located in Riverdale, New Jersey. 

    Where to Start: 

    Start by scrolling through the main toolbar to find more information on the program and to see if you apply.

     
     
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  • Ralph’s Riders Foundation

    Ralph‘s Riders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to enabling people living with spinal cord injury and paralysis to achieve their highest level of independence, health and personal fulfillment by providing peer guidance, resource information and a supporting network within the community.

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  • Rick Hansen Foundation

    Here you can read the inspirational story of Canadian Rick Hansen, who has become a celebrated wheelchair athlete and developed a foundation dedicated to raising awareness and creating a more accessible environment for people with spinal cord injury. You'll also find links to other helpful websites and information on programs, grants and events sponsored by the Rick Hansen Foundation.

    Where to Start:
    Be sure to read about Rick Hansen by clicking About Rick on the left and Rick's Story in the submenu to gain insight on this inspirational figure's journey to success. You can also check out the About Spinal Cord Injury & Links in the left-hand menu to get some basic information on spinal cord injury, research and the sports and recreation opportunities available to those with spinal cord injury.

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  • SeriousFun Children's Network

    Formally known as the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps, the SeriousFun Network was created by, Paul Newman, who had this vision: imagine if children with serious illnesses had the chance to simply be children. To just have fun. So he started a camp where kids could, in his words, “raise a little hell.” Today, we continue Paul’s legacy with SeriousFun Children’s Network, a growing global community of innovative camps and programs that create opportunities for children and their families to reach beyond serious illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities—always free of charge.

    Where to Start:

    Start by selecting Programs to find information on what's going on in your area.

     

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  • Shriners Hospital Pediatric Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Programs

    Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and teaching programs. Children up to the age of 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment with no financial obligation to patients or families. Three locations specialize in pediatric spinal cord injury medicine and rehabilitation; they are located in Sacramento, Ca, Chicago, IL and Philadelphia, PA. Transportation is also provided at no cost.

    Where to Start:
    Select Hospitals by Specialty, and scroll down to Spinal Cord Injury. Select the regional hospital closest to you, and then click Apply for Care. Applications are available in English, Spanish and French on the website, by mail, phone, and email.

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  • "Spinal Cord Injury and the Family: A New Guide," Alpert, Michelle J. MD, Cindy Purcell, Ted Purcell and Saul Wisnia (Harvard University Press, 2008)

    Physiatrist Dr. Michelle Alpert's clinical experience with patients' own stories, "Spinal Cord Injury and the Family" is for individuals and their families who must climb back from injury: for the young quad couple, both quadriplegic, who wish to conceive and raise a child; for the paraplegic dad who wants to teach his daughter to drive. Dr. Alpert is the Director of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, and Clinical Instructor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School. She was the founder and first director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

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  • Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project

    Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project is a non-profit organization specializing in providing exercise based recovery programs for individuals who have had a spinal cord injury (Spinal Cord Injury), stroke, or similar trauma.  They create custom programs to help clients maintain health and wellness while providing optimal functional return.  The program’s therapies include: mneuromuscular reeducation, weight bearing activities, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) with the RTI 300 bike, strength training, flexibility, and gait training. In addition, our facility provides client and family support and networking.

    Where to Start:

    Start by selecting Services Offered to find more information on their programs and applications forms.

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  • Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

    The Spinal Cord Injury Support Group (Spinal Cord InjurySG) is a not for profit organization that promotes camaraderie through friendship, education, advocacy and recreation to enhance the quality of life for those affected by spinal cord injuries and disabilities.

    Where to Start:
     
    While the Spinal Cord InjurySG is based in Florida, the resources section is helpful for everyone.  Click Recourse on the main toolbar to learn more.
     
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  • Spinal Cord Injury Total Fitness

    Spinal Cord Injury Total Fitness, an exercise ideology created by Physical Therapist Kristin McNealus, is the first online exercise program for people with spinal cord injuries. The 45-minute Fitness And Strength Training (F.A.S.T.) class is offered online, twice weekly.  The online exercise program is the solution to many wheelchair users’ transportation problems and isolation issues.

    Members to the F.A.S.T program can also have access to a support forum where they can track their progress and interact with other participants, increasing the motivation to stick with the program and achieve goals. Benefits of the workout program include strengthening scapular stabilizers, increasing endurance, improving muscle tone, and weight loss, which studies have shown improve mood, increase energy, as well as lower the risk of common health complications associated with spinal injury.

     

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  • "Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living," Kriegsman, Kay Harris PhD, Jeffrey B. Palmer MD and Sara Palmer PhD (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)

    "Spinal Cord Injury: a Gudide for Living" is the definitive guide for people with a spinal cord injury and their families. Combining first-person accounts with up-to-date medical information, the book addresses all aspects of spinal cord injury--recovery and coping, sex and family matters, transportation and housing, employment and leisure--and reviews the challenges encountered by people with spinal cord injury throughout their lives.

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  • Sports 'n Spokes

    SPORTS 'N SPOKES is a bimonthly publication produced by the Paralyzed Veterans of America. S'NS reports on competitive sports and recreation for wheelchair users. Since 1975, S'NS has been a leader in wheelchair sports coverage and currently goes to more than 43 countries worldwide. SPORTS 'N SPOKES is committed to providing a voice for the wheelchair sporting and recreation community.

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  • ThreeSixtyFive Foundation

    It is the mission of the ThreeSixtyFive Foundation to provide, through financial and non-financial means, assistance to physically challenged individuals in returning to an active lifestyle during the first year of their recovery.

    Where to Start:

    Start by selecting About the Foundation to learn more about the resources the organziation offers.

     
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  • United States Handcycling Federation (USHF)

    United States Handcycling Federation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation designed to create integrated cycling opportunities for wheelchair users and athletes with lower-mobility impairments. U.S. Handcycling provides a conduit to the cycling community by creating awareness, opportunity, and legitimacy for its members. Through coaching and education programs, competitions, and community outreach efforts, the USHF and its partners break down social barriers and bring cyclists of all ages, abilities, and interests together.  

    Where to Start:

    Scroll through the upper toolbar to find programs and events in your area.  

     
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  • United States Power Soccer

    Power soccer is the first competitive team sport for power wheelchair users. The USPSA offers information on how to start playing, find equipment and learn the game. You can also check out the latest power soccer news and even watch the first power soccer World Cup, held in 2007, during which Team USA took first place.

    Where to Start:
    The Frequently Asked Questions link on the left leads to a page that will tell you how to get started by finding a team and equipment for power soccer.

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  • United States Quad Rugby Association

    "Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time" is the USQRA's mantra. Introduce yourself to one of the most empowering sports available by clicking through this website to read about quad rugby teams both local and national. You can also see video and pictures, and learn about news and events.

    Where to Start:
    Select The Game from the top menu bar. This provides you with an overview of how quad rugby is organized and played.

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  • Wounded Warrior Project

    The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) began when several veterans and friends, moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq, took action to help others in need. What started as a program to provide comfort items to wounded service members has grown into a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

    Where to Start:

    If you are a veteran injured after 9/11/01, select Programs.  Here you can learn about WWPO’s programs, which are uniquely structured and designed to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Under each of these program areas, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) offers a variety of programs to meet a range of needs.

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  • Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

    The Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities is database of professional contacts for people looking for support or information on any type of childhood disability. Search by state for resources on your child's disability on topics such as legal advice, healthcare and educational resources, government aid, doctors and specialists.

    Where to Start:
    Click you location under Select a State. This will lead you to a list of professionals, programs and resources in your state.

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  • "Yes, You Can!: Guide to Self-Care for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury, 4th ed.," Ed. Burns, Stephen P., M.D and Margaret C., M.D. Hammond. (Paralyzed Veterans of America, 2009)

    Published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, 'Yes, You Can!," is designed for both the newly injured patient, and their family members. Written by experts in the field of spinal-cord injury, it is an extremely popular guide to subjects such as: self-care, sexuality, pain management, substance abuse, exercise, alternative medicine, adaptive equipment, and staying healthy.

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