Sports and Recreation

Access Pass
New York State Parks
Albany, NY 12238
Phone: (518) 474-2324
TTY: (518) 486-1899

An access pass that gives disabled citizens entrance to all New York State parks free of charge is available from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Contact your State Parks Department for information on a similar program in your State.

Aquatics for the Disabled
Town of Babylon Department of Human Services
Division of Services for the Disabled
281 Phelps Lane
North Babylon, NY 11703
Phone: (631) 893-1050

This program includes free swim, swim instruction, and water safety. Instruction is provided by an experienced Adapted Aquatics instructor. Danielle took swimming lessons through this program for several years. It's offered five days a week for several weeks every summer!

The Town also offers arts and crafts, field trips, bowling, and summer day camp. Transportation is provided for individuals with developmental disabilities. Contact your local town or city for information on their programs for the handicapped.

Camp Hope
Children's Bible Fellowship (CBF)
PO Box 670
Carmel, NY 10512-0670
(845) 225-2005

Camp Hope is a time of friendship, fun, and faith for children ages 6-18 who have physical and/or mental disabilities (New York locale). Danielle attended the camp for twelve years, the last three as a counselor assistant. It's a wonderful place where children can grow spiritually and have all there physical needs met and understood.

Camp Joy, another CBF summer program, caters to the needs of inner city children.

Check out "Joni and Friends" Camp Resource List of camps for the disabled on their website:

Haverich Specialized Adaptive Cycles
Haverich Ortho-Sport, Inc.
160 Emerald Street
Keene, NH 03431 USA
Phone: (800) 529-9444 or (603) 358-0438
Fax: (603) 358-0453
E-Mail: General Information:

Haverich is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of tricycles, bicycles and tandems for adults and children with a special focus on mobility products for challenged children and adults. Haverich is also a leading supplier of adaptive equipment. Danielle has one of these special bikes. It's awesome! It took us a long time to find a bicycle she was able to ride. Haverich was the answer.

Hospital Audiences, Inc. (HAI)
548 Broadway, 3rd Fl
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 575-7676
Fax: (212) 575-7669

HAI is a not-for-profit organization that provides access to the arts for mentally, physically, and culturally disabled New Yorkers.

Long Island Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (LIRHA)
"Horses are BIG medicine!"
P.O. Box 342
Glen Head, NY 11545
(516) 783-3059
E- mail: General Information:

LIRHA provides therapy on horseback, cost free, to individuals with physical, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities. Danielle and I loved to ride these horses! My special horse was Bob, and Danielle loved Classy. It was a wonderful feeling riding these magnificent animals, especially on days when I could barely walk at all.

LIRHA is a local program on Long Island, NY. Contact the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA), listed below, to seek out a therapeutic horseback riding program in your area. It'll make you feel good!

National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)
P.O. Box 1290
Winter Park, Colorado 80482
Phone: (970) 726-1540 or (303) 316-1540
Fax: (970) 726-4112

Denver Office:
633 17th Street, #24
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 293-5711
Fax: (303) 293-5448

The NSCD's mission is to positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports.

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA)
PO Box 33150
Denver, Colorado 80233
Phone: (800) 369-RIDE (800-369-7433)
Fax: (303) 252-4610
Fax on Demand: (303) 457-8496

This is the premier site for information on equine-assisted activities. NARHA is a national non-profit organization that promotes the benefit of the horse for individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, equine-assisted activities have been shown to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination, motor development as well as emotional well-being. And it's fun! Call the above number or check out their website and click on the link for "Find a NARHA Center" to locate a therapeutic riding program near you.

The Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped (SABAH)
"Where miracles happen every day."
1200 East and West Road
West Seneca, New York 14224
Phone: (716) 675-7222

SABAH provides weekly adaptive ice skating lessons, adaptive skating equipment, intense volunteer support, and the opportunity to perform in an annual skating spectacular. SABAH pairs its on-ice teaching strategies specific to the needs of those with disabilities with their specialized assistive ice skating equipment, to enable skaters with disabilities.

Ski for Light, Inc. (SFL)
1455 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Phone: (612) 827-3232

SFL is a program of cross-country skiing benefiting blind, visually-impaired, and mobility-impaired individuals and their guides.

Special Olympics
1133 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036 USA
Phone: (202) 628-3630
Fax: (202) 824-0200

Special Olympics is an international organization that provides year round sports training and athletic competition to more than 1.7 million people with intellectual disabilities in more than 150 countries.

Theatre Development Fund/Theatre Access Project (TDF/TAP)
1501 Broadway 21st Floor
New York, New York 10036-5652
Phone: (212) 768-1818

TDF's Theatre Access Project is designed to provide access in New York City to the performing arts for individuals with physical disabilities.


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