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Directory of national recreation organizations.

Directory of National Recreation Organizations

Accent on Information P.O Box 700 Bloomington, Ill. 61701 (309) 378-2961 Database information on recreation and disabilities available by phone. All searches charge a small fee.

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Adapted Physical Activity Council 1900 Association Drive Reston, Va. 22091 (703) 476-3430 Membership organization for recreation teachers and leaders. Publishes Able-Bodies newsletter that reports to membership on successful recreation programs, adaptations and methods.

American Camping Association Bradford Woods 5000 State Road 67 North Martinsville, Ind. 46151 (317) 342-8456 Accredits camps nationwide and publishes A Guide to Accredited Camps ($9.95), which lists over 2,000 approved camps, including listings by disability. Catalog of over 450 titles on camping and nature also available. Orders only, call 1-800-428-2267.

American Wheelchair Sailing Association Duncan Milne 512 Thirtieth Street Newport Beach, Calif. 92663

Association of Handicapped Artists 5150 Broadway Depew, N.Y. 14043 (716) 683-4624 Company that markets cards and calendars of mouth and foot painters. Information on how to join, where to get supplies and adaptive equipment is available by calling or writing.

Boys Scouts of America, Scouting for the Handicapped 1325 Walnut Hill Lane P.O. 152079 Irving, Texas 75015 (214) 580-2000 Open to any youth ages 6-20. Boy Scouts will adapt a program to the special needs of the youths involved and work with the parents for support, involvement and leadership. Contact the local Boy Scout Council.

Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing Box 307 Kimerberley, British Columbia, Canada V1A 2Y9 (604) 427-7712 Governing body of nine provincial divisions. Specific programs within divisions, no age limits.

Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association P.O. Box 500 Hyde Park, Ontario, Canada N0M 1Z0 (519) 473-2109 More information available in videocassette or manual form.

Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association 160 James Naismith Drive Gloucester, Ontario Canada K1B 5N4 (613) 748-5685 Governs 10 sports, most with junior divisions. Programs start at age 8. Provincial branches in every province from which 80 juniors participate in competition at one central location.

Committee on Recreation and Leisure Newsletter President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities Washington, D.C. 20210 (202) 653-5044 Magazine aimed at employers containing a section devoted to recreation.

Girl Scouts of the USA Martha Jo Dennison 830 Third Ave. & 51st St. New York, N.Y. 10022 (212) 940-7736 Open to all girls ages 5-17, kindergarten-12th grade. National office will help parents coordinate with local Girl Scout Councils.

Handicapped Scuba Association 116 W. El Portal, Suite 104 San Clemente, Calif. 92672 (714) 498-6128 Programs available to young adults. Participation requires another family member or adult to work with the person with a disability in a team.

HEALTHsports, Inc. 1455 West Lake Street Minneapolis, Minn. 55408 (612) 827-3232 Ski for Light International, an event for blind, physically handicapped and guides. Program also sponsors events at local and regional levels.

I CAN Network University of Virginia Adapted Physical Education Program 221 Memorial Gymnasium Charlottesville, Va. 22903 PE Helpline: (804) 924-6192 Responds to requests for information regarding physical education and sport opportunities for people with disabilities. Works to facilitate communication between athletes, parents, teachers, professors and students in the field of adapted physical education.

International Foundation for Wheelchair Tennis Peter Burwash Associates 2203 Timberloch Place, Suite 126 The Woodlands, Texas 77380 (713) 363-4707 Connects wheelchair tennis players with professional players for lessons.

International Wheelchair Road Racers Club, Inc. Joseph M. Dowling, President 30 Myano Lane Stamford, Conn. 06902 (203) 967-2231 Keeps wheelchair road racers up to date on races and other events through newsletters.

The Itinerary Magazine P.O. Box 1084 Bayonne, N.J. 07001-1084 (201) 858-3400 Magazine for travelers with disabilities, also organizes tours.

National Archery Association 1750 E. Boulder St. Colorado Springs, Colo. 80909 (719) 578-4576 Nationwide program for children under 18. Membership application and more information are available.

National Foundation for Horsemanship for the Handicapped Box 462 Malvern, Pa. 19355 (215) 644-7414 Advisory center for the evaluation of programs and the exchange of ideas and experience in therapeutic horsemanship. Sponsor of an international conference of riders with disabilities to be held September 1989.

National Handicapped Sports and Recreation Association 1145 19th St. N.W., Suite 717 Washington, D.C. 20036 (301) 652-7505 Family-oriented programs that focus on involving people with disabilities in various recreational activities. Fifty-seven chapters in 34 states, offering such programs as aerobics, skiing, and white-water rafting. Most programs are open to all ages.

The National Hookup Ruth B. Meyette, Editor 32 Margaret Drive Albany, N.Y. 12211 (518) 459-8563 Newsletter published by Indoor Sports Club for the Physically Disabled. Call or write for information or for a copy of the newsletter.

National Park Service Division of Special Programs and Populations P.O. 37127 Washington, D.C. 20013-7127 (202) 343-4747 Provides technical assistance for National Parks to improve accessibility to people with special needs, focuses primarily on correcting architectural barriers.

National Theater of the Deaf P.O. Box 659 Chester, Conn. 06412 (203) 526-4971 Two touring companies: National Theater of the Deaf and Little Theater of the Deaf, a family oriented program that appears at schools and parks across the country. Tour schedules are available.

National Therapeutic Recreation Society 3101 Park Center Drive Alexandria, Va. 22302 (703) 820-4940 Organization serving professionals, associates and agencies that provide recreational services to people with disabilities. NTRS also provides information on local resources and materials.

National Wheelchair Athletic Association 1604 E. Pike's Peak Ave. Colorado Springs, Colo. 80909 (303) 597-8330 Juniors program for children ages 6-18 offering six sports: airguns, archery, swimming, table tennis, track and field and weightlifting.

National Wheelchair Basketball Association 110 Seaton Building University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky. 40506 (606) 257-1623 Juniors Division of NWBA available. Communities with existing youth teams receive information and development of the sport. Call or write for an appropriate program in your area.

National Wheelchair Games National Wheelchair Athletic Assoc. 3617 Betty Drive, Suite S Colorado Springs, Colo. 80917 (303) 597-8330 Competition limited to athletes 18 years and older.

National Wheelchair Softball Association Jon Speake, Commisioner P.O. Box 22478 Minneapolis, Minn. 55422 (612) 437-1792 Governing body for the National Wheelchair Softball tournaments.

North American Riding for the Handicapped, Inc. P.O. Box 33150 Denver, CO 80233 (303) 452-1212 Serves more than 18,000 disabled individuals in over 450 programs in U.S. and Canada, including both youth and adult riders, no age limit.

Performing Arts Theater of the Handicapped (PATH) P.O. Box 9050 Carlsbad, Calif. 92208 (619) 438-3498

Physically Challenged Swimmers of America Joan Karpuk 22 William Street, #225 South Glastonbury, Conn. 06073

Recreation Information Management U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service South Building 12th St. & Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250 (202) 382-9402 Provides outdoor recreation on national lands. Also works on projects to improve access for people with disabilities. Local projects in the works include brochures on the accessibility of specific regions.

Slate and Style National Federation for the Blind 2704 Beach Drive Merrick, N.Y. 11566 Quarterly magazine published by the Writers Division of the National Federation of the Blind. Subscriptions are available in cassette, large type ($5/year) or Braille ($10/year) format and include membership in the Writers Division.

Special Olympics, Inc. 1350 New York Ave. N.W., Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 628-3630 Holds competition in numerous sports for ages 8-adult. More information on local events is available through state chapters.

Special Recreation, Inc. International Center on Special Recreation 362 Koser Ave. Iowa City, Iowa 52246-3038 (319) 337-7578 Information and referral center with special recreation access library and publications on special recreation including directories, guides, and quarterly newsletters.

U.S.A. Toy Library Association 2719 Broadway Ave. Evanston, Ill. 60201 (312) 864-8240 Individual or organization membership which includes quarterly newsletter and discounts on publications. Some Lekoteks, toy libraries with adaptive toys and lists of trained professionals available.

United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association, Inc. 34518 Warren Road, Suite 264 Westland, Mich. 48158 (313) 425-8961 Governing body for persons with cerebral palsy involved in sports. Youths ages 8-18 can participate in such events as track and field, swimming and cycling; bocci ball is available for persons with more severe disabilities. Competitions are held on the local, regional, and national level. For more information on local sports clubs and programs, contact the national headquarters.

United States Association for Blind Athletes 55 West California Avenue Beach Haven Park, N.J. 08008 (609) 492-1017 Develops sports programs for people with visual impairments and sponsors competitions on regional, national and international level. Trains athletes and provides instructional manuals.

United States Blind Golfers Association c/o Patrick Browne, Jr. 300 Carondelet Street New Orleans, La. 70130 (504) 522-3203

United States Organization for Disabled Athletes Pan-Am Victory Games for Physically Disabled Youth 1101 E. River Cove Street Tampa, Fla. 33604 (813) 978-0101 Olympic-style national and international competition for youths ages 8-18, open to all disabilities. This year's Victory Games will be held August 1-8, in Tampla, Fla. Write for an application, or to participate call Al Orr at (813) 272-5732. To sponsor a child or for more information call Wanda LaVelle at (813) 978-0101.

United States Quad Rugby Association 2418 W. Fall Creek Court Grand Forks, N.D. 58201 (701) 772-1961 Organizes competitive teams of quadriplegics, any age.

United States Wheelchair Racquet-Sports Association Chip Parmelly 1941 Viento Verano Drive Diamond Bar, Calif. 91765 (714) 861-7312 Purpose of organization is to promote awareness of wheelchair racquetball and provide information on programs and wheelchair racquet sports. Juniors program expected to start in the spring.

United States Wheelchair Weightlifting Federation Bill Hens 39 Michael Place Levittown, Pa. 19057 (215) 945-1964 Governing body of wheelchair weightlifting. Junior program for 16-18-year-olds. Call or write for more information on programs, the sport itself, adaptive equipment or what to look for in a weightlifting program.

Very Special Arts 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Suite 1205 Washington D.C. 20004 (202) 662-8899 Educational affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, VSA has programs for all ages in all art forms. Every state has an independent organizational branch.

Wheelchair Motorcycle Association, Inc. 101 Torrey St. Brockton, Mass. 02401 (508) 583-8614 Requests and information on all-terrain wheelchairs and any off-road transportation either with or without a wheelchair. A newsletter is available and a video is upcoming.

4-H and Youth Development U.S. Department of Agriculture Extension Service, Room 3860-S Washington, D.C. 20250 (202) 447-5516 Most programs integrate disabled children using the buddy-system approach. Children ages 7-19 years can participate. Contact your local county 4-H extension. Services and programs vary from county to county.
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