Recreational activities for people with disabilities offer more than just a breath of fresh air. You’ll find limitless opportunities to boost your confidence, enhance your physical strengths and improve your social skills. While you may sometimes feel stuck on the sidelines during football season, or held back from the helm for summer sailing, you’ll be happy to hear that there is no longer a reason to steer clear of the great outdoors! The numbers of organizations and community programs providing recreational therapy to people with disabilities are on the rise, making your participation paramount in their success and giving new hope to individuals looking to broaden their recreational horizons.

Miss the mountains? Take a hike! Craving competition? Get in the game! From alpine skiing to sailing the open seas, the possibilities are endless. Disabled Sports USA adorns an impressive list of organizations offering recreational therapy to anyone with a permanent disability. Exciting activities fitness competitions, water sports, arts and crafts and social gatherings are just a sampling of the rehabilitation services designed to promote your health, wellness and independence.

Equally as important as the physical rewards you will reap by getting active, are the emotional rewards and the positive implications that competition, group activities and simply enjoying the great outdoors can have on your overall perspective. If you’ve ever imagined yourself crossing the finish line, now is your chance to make it a reality. While physical disabilities and limitations imposed by equipment can discourage the competitive spirit, recreational therapy can ignite your need to succeed and bring motivation back to the table. Equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers you once perceived as preventing your participation now provide you with eligibility in adaptive sports. Community centers and sports centers nationwide have embraced limitations on mobility and made them advantageous and exciting! Their efforts coupled with your enthusiasm and participation helps grow independence, confidence and fosters better coping skills social interaction.

Be sure to explore your community for opportunities to get involved and restore your hope when you get back in the game.

The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) is an advocate for mobility and accessibility for drivers with disabilities. If you need help with converting or buying a handicap accessible car, truck or van, please consider one of our mobility equipment dealers.

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