U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Physical Activity for People with Disabilities

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

The Reeve Foundation, formerly American Paralysis Association (APA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage and support research to cure paralysis caused by spinal cord injury and other central nervous system disorders. The Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center

The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) promotes the health and well-being of people living with paralysis and their families by providing comprehensive information resources and referral services. The PRC is a program of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the CDC. Information specialists respond to questions in English and Spanish via a toll-free number:1-800-539-7309 (M-F, 9-5 EST).

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Disabled Sports USA

A national nonprofit, 501(c)(3), organization established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve the war injured. DS/USA now 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. DS/USA's national office provides technical assistance to its local chapters and other recreation programs so they can better serve the disabled population in their communities. The organization has a nationwide network of community-based chapters. DS/USA conducts an annual “The Hartford Ski Spectacular” in Breckenridge, CO, the largest winter sports event for physically disabled people in the U.S. and “The International Challenge Track and Field” event.

Review Date: Monday, October 05, 2015

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National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) is a public health practice and resource center on health promotion for persons with disabilities. They provide disability specific information regarding physical activity, nutrition, and lifestyle weight management along with web-based health promotion programs inclusive to users of all abilities. NCHPAD's website features a database of programs, organizations, parks, and personal trainers all equipped to provide physical activity and health services to persons with disabilities.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Special Olympics

Special Olympics, created in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is a global movement dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. Special Olympics offers more than 1.3 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and competition in 26 Olympic-type summer and winter sports. In addition to its sports programming, Special Olympics offers related initiatives, such as Healthy Athletes®, which provides a variety of health services through clinics conducted in welcoming environments at Special Olympics competitions. There is no charge to participate in Special Olympics.

Review Date: Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA

Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA (WASUSA) organizes and governs disabled sports in the United States. Its activities are managed by its Board of Directors, National Governing Bodies, and Sport Technical Committees which maintain rules on disabled athletics, records rule changes, maintains records, selects sites for national championship meets, sanctions meets, and promotes disabled sports. The organization believes in the positive psychological aspects of a rehabilitation program of competitive sports, and hopes that the media attention gained from sponsoring meets will serve to educate the public. WASUSA offers the following sports: archery, athletics, handcycling, shooting, swimming, table tennis, billiards, weightlifting and fencing. Membership is available for a fee.

Review Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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