Need more info? For information about GLASA
activities, contact Keri Schindler, program director, [email protected] or
(847) 283-0908. glasa.org
For information about Adaptive Adventures,
contact Joel Berman, [email protected]
or (847) 251-8445. adaptiveadventures.org
As parents of children with special needs, we often
see more limitations than opportunities for our children. I am
guilty of this. At 6, Shea, who cannot stand or walk independently,
requires a walker. How on earth would she ever be able to do sports
like other children her age? Yet just this year, she has been able
to downhill-ski, water-ski and play ice hockey.
The opportunities for children with physical disabilities
to participate in sports and outdoor adventures are truly endless,
due to the work of some very dedicated athletes and volunteers,
including those through the Great Lakes Adaptive Sports
Association, based in Lake Forest, and Adaptive Adventures, based
in Wilmette and Denver, Colo.
For young people with disabilities, participating in
athletics offers a wide range of benefits. The life skills
able-bodied children develop simply by being part of a team or the
physical exercise of participating in a sport are often missed by
children who have special needs.
GLASA and Adaptive Adventures partner to facilitate such
events such as water-skiing, snow-skiing, basketball, tennis and
kayaking. Their focus is offering children with physical
disabilities and visual impairments opportunities to participate in
a variety of sports.
Because adaptive equipment can be expensive, both GLASA
and Adaptive Adventures offer scholarships and have lending
facilities with equipment such as bicycles, sport wheelchairs and
adaptive sled hockey equipment.
Ice hockey for individuals with physical
The athletes play sitting down in a sled and use short
hockey sticks to propel themselves across the ice. If a player has
additional limitations, they can have an able-bodied player push
them across the ice.
Falcons Hockey Organization and GLASA
Everyone from beginners to competitors can play.
Participants use sports wheelchairs and integrate the game into
able-bodied tennis with adaptive rules.
GLASA Adaptive Tennis Program
GLASA partners with Adaptive Adventures to provide
instruction and opportunity for those with physical disabilities
and visual impairments to try both water-skiing and snow-skiing.
Participants range from those with no body control to those who
have some strength, and the programs can be adapted to fit specific
The water-ski and kayak program takes place throughout the
summer in Twin Lakes, Wis. The snow-ski program is offered on
several dates throughout January and February at Wilmot Mountain,
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