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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.

  • Accessible Cars, Vans, Rental Vans, and Van Lift Vendors

    The vendors listed on this consumer education sheet sell, rent and adapt new and used vehicles for people with disabilities. Many are nation-wide providers. 

  • Accessible Journeys: Wheelchair Accessible Group Tours

    Accessible Journeys provides wheelchair accessible group tours for wheelchair travelers, their families, and friends. As an industry leader in wheelchair accessible travel for over 30 years, careful attention is provided to ensure all activities are inclusive for vacationing guests with wheels.

  • Adapted Photography - Naturally Farber Photos

    David Farber's strong desire to resume his life-long love of photography inspired his quest to become the first photographer in a motorized wheelchair to access the remote Alaskan wilderness. After surviving a motorcycle accident that resulted in a broken back, rib cage, collar bone, C6 fracture, shattered cheek bone, and the right side of his skull crushed, Farber created a special utility frame to balance his camera with one arm and a breath-activated camera switch. He has been triplegic since 1981 and continues to navigate remote terrains in his electric wheelchair to capture bold images of grizzly bears, eagles, otters, and other wildlife. In 2014, Farber authored a book describing his extraordinary travels, entitled "Travel by Wheelchair by the Grace of God" which is available on Amazon. He enjoys responding to any inquiries about photography by email at

  • "Adapting Motor Vehicles for People With Disabilities" (National Highway Safety Adminstration)

    This is a brochure can be downloaded from the National Highway Safety Administration. It gives tips on adaptive technology for driving. Along with information on requirements, training, and adaptation costs, this publication contains advice on evaluating your need and choosing and maintaining a vehicle.

  • Adaptive Adventures

    Adaptive Adventures provides progressive outdoor sports opportunities to improve quality of life for children, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities and their families. Programs include alpine ski and snowboard, cycling, dragon boat racing, kayaking, rock climbing, sailing, scuba, water-ski and wakeboard, and whitewater rafting.

  • Adaptive Driving Alliance

    The Adaptive Driving Alliance is a nationwide group of vehicle-modification dealers who provide adaptive equipment for disabled drivers and passengers. This website provides a database of dealers who meet the Quality Assurance standards for business practices and equipment as defined by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.


  • Adaptive Fishing

    "There are many people who have fished all of their lives, then they incur a disability and kind of give up.....the truth of the matter is, getting back into the stream of life through adaptive fishing is possible!" This consumer education sheet from Disabled Sports USA provides practical ideas for adaptive fishing with links to adaptive fishing equipment vendors and organizations.

  • Air Travel Tips for People with Disabilities

    Planning ahead and understanding how airlines can support your travel needs can pave the way for successful air travel. This consumer education presentation outlines key points for creating a positive air travel experience with tips on understanding your rights, things to consider when making a reservation, the check in process, transport to and from the gate, getting through security, getting on the plane, stowing your wheelchair, equipment, and devices, getting off the plane and to baggage, and other personal considerations.

  • All American Role Models

    All American Roll Models is a not-for-profit corporation that was established to help people with physical challenges get access to recreational and sporting activities and support services. Our website and social networking community is available to anyone that wants to achieve success in their life, no matter what their circumstances may be. Join our organization and become part of a powerful movement that is sweeping across the country.

  • American Association of adaptedSPORTS Programs

    AAASP is dedicated to creating a "national network of interscholastic adapted athletic programs." The focus is on ensuring that children grades 1-12 with physical disabilities are not left out of athletic competition in their schools. AAASP's comprehensive training program allows administrators, coaches, and officials to acquire the knowledge they need to be successful. Professional coach and official training enables high quality adaptedSPORTS programming in wheelchair handball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair football, and wheelchair track and field for its member school districts.

  • Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists

    The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED) was established in 1977 to support professionals working in the field of driver education / driver training and transportation equipment modifications for persons with disabilities through education and information dissemination.  ADED is the primary professional organization in this specialized area, and stands ready to meet the professional needs of its members through educational conferences and research support as well as encouraging equipment development to maximize the transportation options for persons with disabilities. Select  Directory & Services in the main toolbar, and then select Member Directory & Search to find Driver Rehabilitation Specialists, Mobility Equipement Dealers, and Mobility Equipment Manufacturers in your state of residence. 

  • 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. Click on Programs to identify clases, advocacy activities, and other resources.


    BACKBONES exists to provide free support for people with spinal cord injury and their families. Through our network we facilitate telephone, in-person, or web-based connections and encourage growth by the sharing of experiences and ideas. As a host to events, BACKBONES creates an inviting atmosphere where people can ask questions, learn from each other informally, and make lasting friendships. Select "Connect" on the main toolbar to join the network or "Get Involved" to volunteer.

  • BeautyAbility

    BeautyAbility is an informational website for people with spinal cord injury that covers topics such as dating, sex, fashion, and plastic surgery post-injury. You'll find articles and tips on how to adapt fashion to your wheelchair, how to still enjoy sex after a SCI, and how to show perspective mates to look past your wheelchair. Blog and podcasts provide interesting perspectives on ways to life an active and healthy lifestyle.

  • 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. In the main toolbar, select Camper to view Camper Criteria to see if your child meets the necessary camper qualifications.  

  • Dancing Wheels

    Dancing Wheels is a professional, physically integrated dance company uniting the talents of dancers both with and without disabilities. It proudly opened its doors in 1990 and has become regarded as a world-class training center for dancers, choreographers, and educators. Dancing Wheels continues to travel the globe advocating for disability awareness and entertaining thousands of people each year. Dancing Wheels also provides weekly in-studio classes for adults and children age two and older, both with and without disabilties.

  • "Disability Parking Publications and Forms" - Illinois

    This website from the Illinois Secretary of State Office lists several publications and forms for persons with disabilities who live in Illinois: Application for Illinois Disabled Person Identification Card, Application for a replacement parking placard, Parking program for persons with disabilities, Certification for disability license plate, Certification for parking placard, and What you should know about Accessible Parking. If you do not live in the state of Illinois, check your state specific Secretary of State Office or Department of Transportation website to identify similar information.

  • 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. 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.

  • Driving Following an Injury or Disability

    For many people, being able to drive provides a sense of independence and freedom. This consumer education sheet from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago will help you and your family understand how a disability or injury can affect driving and the process for participating in a driver's rehabilitation program.

  • Fashion IZ Freedom - Adaptable Clothing

    Canadian Fashion Designer, Izzy Camilleri, has created a line of adaptable men and women's clothing intended for a "seated clientele." Here you'll find contemporary clothing designed for fashion and comfort in the context of a wheelchair. The website features tops, skirts, pants and jackets in a variety of styles.


  • Greater New York Chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association

    The Greater New York Chapter of the Spinal Cord Injury Association (NYCSCIA) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, whose mission is to help people rebuild their lives after spinal cord injury by providing resources, services and peer support to survivors and their families.  The Chapter works to empower and promote independence for people with spinal cord injuries as they lead active, meaningful lives in their communities. Weekly support groups run throughout the year. NYCSCIA also partners with the NY City Parks to provide an adaptive kayak program.

  • 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. Search for an instructor near you to identify opportunities for SCUBA certification.

  • 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 persons with physical challenges in overcoming some of the frustrations they face and enable them to live a more active life. Explore Handi Products for a select group of commercially available products that may be of help to you.

  • Infinitec: Infinite Potential through Technology

    Infinitec provides information about assistive technology as well as training, equipment, and access to specialists and resources. The program leverages the power of technology to advance independence and promote inclusion opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Explore this website to discover  how technology can support individuals at play and work.

  • 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 and see how much the sport has grown since it began in 1976. Click on Development for information on programs available in your country, tips for finding people to play with, accessible courts, and coaches.


  • Journey Forward

    Journey Forward is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that is dedicated to bettering the lives of people with spinal cord injuries through an intense exercise program. Based in Canton, MA, Journey Forwards serves clients with all different levels of injury and abilities in a full body, activity based fitness and wellness recovery program.

  • 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 foundation advocates for improved ski racing safety, supports research to treat and cure paralysis due to traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals living with Spinal Cord Injury by purchasing adaptive athletic equipment for those with financial limitations. The Kelly Bush Foundation also supports the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Adapted sports equipment grants are made available through this foundation for skiers or snowboarders with a spinal cord injury.

  • 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. Explore the event calendar to learn about upcoming activities and volunteer opportunities.


  • Love Like This Life

    Love Like This Life is a candid, personal blog, chronicling the lives of a young husband and wife, as they face the daily challenge of disability, with love lighting the way.

  • Mad Spaz Wheelchair Club

    Mad Spaz Wheelchair Club promotes living life to the fullest.  This website offers information on disability adventures, ranging from bungy jumping to fishing, gliding, and skydiving. Personal articles on disability humor, sex, love, and relationships, as well as resources for wheelchairs and equipment are also provided. Club members have additional access to Forums to exchange ideas and information.  

  • Mouth & Foot Painting Artists

    Members of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists (MFPA) paint with brushes held in their mouths or feet as a result of disability that prohibits them from using their hands. MPFA in an international non-profit association wholly owned and controlled by artists with disabilities to meet their finanical needs. Explore their website to learn more about each artist and see examples of their work. "In the News" and the newsletter "The Canvas" highlights various events and accomplishments of artists in North America.

  • 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. Click on sections of the Table of Contents at the right toolbar to identify Camp Guides and Online Camp Resources.


  • 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. The section on Spinal Cord Injury provides information on the importance of exercise, the best exercise for persons with SCI, important considerations when exercising, cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training guidelines.


  • National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association

    This website was developed by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. It offers useful information on available adaptive vehicles, adaptive features, such as hand controls as well as funding options for purchasing vehicles. You also can find a local dealer, learn about the nationally recognized accreditation program for dealers, called the "Quality Assurance Program," and find manufacturers that offer rebates and discounts.


  • 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. Click on "Our Leagues" and explore Divisions to learn more about wheelchair basketball tournaments and invitationals, as well as college-ball athletes and team rankings.

  • 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. To learn more about a team in your state, explore the Active Team listing. You can also view photos and game videos.

  • "New Mobility" Magazine

    This is the website for the magazine, "New Mobility." Its mission is to encourage "the integration of active-lifestyle wheelchair users into mainstream society, while simultaneously reflecting the vibrant world of disability-related arts, media, advocacy and philosophy." The site offers current news updates, feature articles, and book recommendations.


  • 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.

  • Paws With a Cause

    Paws With a Cause enhances the independence and quality of life for people with disabilities accross the national through custom-trained Assistance Dogs. In addition, PAWS increases awareness of the rights and roles of Assistance Dog Teams through education and advocacy. Learn more about assistance dogs, customized training, lifetime team support, and how to request an application for a PAWS dog by clicking on I WANT A DOG.

  • Push to Walk

    Founded in 2007, Push to Walk a 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. 

  • 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. Riders are a team of extraordinary people living with spinal cord injury and paralysis that provide peer guidance to people with similar disabilities. Riders give a unique perspective on life as well as an ability to set a great example for newly injured individuals. This group also provides a Career Coaching Program to help establish professional goals, make career decisions, created and execute plans, and overcome obstacles that may come in their way.

  • 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. The Rick Hansen School Program teaches students about access, inclusion, an disability. In addition, the Rick Hansen Foundation helps improve accessibility and quality of life through a variety of community programs. Quality of Life grants are awarded to individuals and organizations each year. You'll also find links to other helpful websites and information on programs and events sponsored by the Rick Hansen Foundation.


  • "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.

  • Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project - Denver, Colorado

    Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project is an exercise and integrative recovery center, based in Denver, Colorado. The center specializes in providing exercise based recovery programs for individuals who have had a spinal cord injury, stroke, or similar trauma.  Customized adaptive exercise programs are designed to help clients maintain health and wellness while providing optimal functional return.  The program’s therapies include: neuromuscular 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. In addition to fee based adaptive exercise training, functional electrical stimulation, and home training programs, the Center provides Open Gym memberships enable  access adaptive exercise equipment at their own pace.

  • Spinal Cord Injury Total Fitness - Online Exercise Class

    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.


  • "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 Guide 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.

  • "Sports 'N Spokes" by Paralyzed Verterans of America

    SPORTS 'N SPOKES is a bimonthly print and online magazine 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.

  • The Wheelchair Series: What the Spinal Cord Injury Consumer Needs to Know

    The wheelchair is a complex piece of equipment that has been extensively engineered and studied. Becoming a wheelchair expert increases your ability to get a wheelchair that truly meets your needs. While it is not possible or a single handout to teach all there is to know, topics covered by the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on Getting the Right Wheelchair, The Manual Wheelchair and The Power Wheelchair include key information that can support your ongoing development of wheelchair knowledge.


  • The Woody Pack

    The Woody Pack was created by The Woody Foundation, founded in 2011 to raise funds for the recovery of people with spinal cord injuries. The namesake of the Foundation, James “Woody” Beckham, came up with the Woody Pack after discovering the confidence adaptive technology gave him. The backpack contains a collection of assistive devices for people with limited hand function and is free of charge. 

    Trip-Ability is an accessible travel, entertainment, and product review site for for people with disabilities and their travel companions. The site provides information on the current state of accessibility by destination including logistics, accommodations, activities, restaurants, and emergency services with travel guides for major cities across the globe.

  • 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, marketing videos about the game, and even watch the archived videos of power soccer World Cup tournaments. Click on Get Involved to learn more about joining a team, contacting a coach in your state.

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

    Information to find teams in your region, form a team or join a team can be located on the left tool bar under Teams.


  • 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. 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.

  • "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.