There are a growing number of
opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to participate
in sports and other indoor and outdoor physical activity. We've listed
some of the organizations that either sponsor programs and events or
provide information on how you can get involved.
Challenger Division of Little League Baseball allows kids with disabilities to enjoy the benefits of
baseball team participation. There are Challenger Divisions in some of
the 57 leagues in Rhode Island. The value of the Little League
Challenger Division, say its sponsors, exceeds the skills of baseball
learned through the experience. It is found in the "therapeutic and
socialization benefits of participating in sports, the strengthening of
participants' self-esteem, the opportunities to be promoted into other
divisions of play, and the disciplines of teamwork, sportsmanship and
fair play which are hallmarks of the Little League program."
Olympics Rhode Island. Special Olympics Rhode Island provides
year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 2,250
children and adults with mental retardation and/or closely related
An age-appropriate (Ages 4 - 17) kids triathlon for all abilities.
June 7, 9 am. Event format will be a pool swim, a closed course bike,
and an on-trail run course.This fun day builds confidence and
excitement regarding the benefits of exercising and fitness while
promoting self-confidence through a non-competitive sports experience.
In its 2nd year, Superkids welcomes all children and tries to meet the
needs of athletes with disabilities.
Therapeutic Riding Turning Pointe.
Provides individuals of all ages who have physical, cognitive and
emotional disabilities the opportunity to experience a variety of
therapeutic equestrian activities in a safe, secure
Center. Horseback riding for people of all ages with physical,
developmental or emotional disabilities. It is a place where 130
riders, with all types of disabilities, come six days a week to sit on
the Greenlock horses to strengthen their legs, to teach their body what
balance is for and to learn to hold their head up by themselves.
Partners - Therapeutic Riding, Inc. 516 Third Beach Road
Middletown. A non-profit organization providing equine therapy services
to individuals utilizing the Equine/Human bond to facilitate physical
and mental health and wellness.
End Therapeutic Riding Center 12 Jarvis Lane, North Attleboro, MA 02769
(508) 643-9871 and Teaberry Knoll Academy of Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
(NHRHA accredited) 201 Miller Street, Seekonk, MA 02771 (508)
Sailing. Fully accessible facility at Fort Adams State Park for all
ages. Sailing opportunities in custom-designed boats are open to
individuals with physical and developmental disabilities (groups
daily, weekly or summer long programs for people with disabilities
through affiliations with camps, schools and hospitals. New England
programs include one at Reservoir Pond, Massachusetts Hospital School,
The Celtics. New
England Paralyzed Veterans of America (NEPVA) sponsors this wheelchair
basketball team that plays exhibition games with able-bodied people in
wheelchairs, usually town officials, policemen, firemen or teachers.
Players are from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Canada.
Adaptive Ski and Sports (VASS). Offers low-cost sports and
recreation programs for people with disabilities. Teaching techniques
and equipment are adapted to make the most of student strengths.
Programs include downhill skiing, sailing, snowboarding, rock climbing,
water skiing, horseback riding, canoeing, and kayaking.
Passage. A program of the University of New Hampshire and an
Affiliate of Disabled Sports USA. Offers adapted sports and recreation
instructional clinics, accessible vacations, adapted equipment rental,
and resource referral for individuals with physical disabilities, their
friends and families. Consults for schools, businesses, groups and
individuals on accessibility, inclusion and adapted sports and
Physical Developmental Clinic. A unique physical, motor and
recreation program that has been serving children with disabilities
from Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island since January 1974. The
program is designed to enhance perceptual-motor, gross motor, sport,
aquatic and leisure skills as well as social development of children
and youth with disabilities, ages 18 months to 18 years.
Recreation. California mail order company. Offers free catalogs
full of adaptive exercise and recreation equipment for fishing,
hunting, golf, swimming, bowling, knitting and much more.
quarterly publication of sport, physical education and recreation for
people with disabilities. PALAESTRA's mission: to enlighten parents in
all aspects of physical activity, making them the best advocates for
their children during Individualized Education Plan discussions with
school or community recreation staffs.
The Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council
John Susa, Chairperson
Mary Okero, Executive Director,
400 Bald Hill Road, Suite 515 Warwick, RI 02886
401.737.1238 (Voice/TDD) Fax: 401.737.3395 e-mail: