"To provide the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to gain
confidence and dignity through participation in sports, recreation and
related educational programs."
What is 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.
Nationwide Chapter Network in Every Region
A Wide Variety of Recreational Opportunities
Disabled Sports USA is a nation-wide network of community-based
chapters offering a variety of recreation programs. Each chapter sets
its own agenda and activities. These may include one or more of the
following: snow skiing; water sports (such as water skiing, sailing,
kayaking, and rafting); cycling; climbing; horseback riding; golf; and
Sports As Rehabilitation
Gaining Confidence and Dignity
Rehabilitation professionals and even the Federal Government recognize
the importance of sports and recreation in the successful
rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. When first faced with
the reality of a disability, many experience a loss of confidence,
depression, and believe their lives have ended. They are often
alienated from family and friends because there are no shared positive
experiences. Sports and recreation offers the opportunity to achieve
success in a very short time period; to use this success to build
self-confidence and focus on possibilities instead of dwelling on what
can no longer be done. The ability to participate in a sport, such as
cycling; skiing; and sailing, to name a few, provides the opportunity
to reunite with family and friends in a shared activity.
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