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Many persons with disabilities have that competitive edge. Whether you were born with a disability or acquired one later in life, if you are athletic and have a desire to compete, you will undoubtedly seek out opportunities to do so. Lucky for us, we live in a state with tremendous resources for individuals with disabilities when it comes to adaptive sports.

People with disabilities looking to pursue sports opportunities where they can compete on a level playing field can find opportunities through various Paralympic Sports Clubs that offer both recreational sports opportunities and gateways to elite Paralympic Competition. Likewise, individuals can find nonprofit and recreational sports opportunities for people with disabilities. There are agencies and clubs in all corners of the state.

Runners sprinting at starting line, leading runner with a prosthetic leg

There are many opportunities for athletes with disabilities to compete in their sport of choice.

There are organizations that allow both youth and adults the opportunity to stay active, be healthy, and participate in competitive athletics throughout the state. No matter what the season or sport, there are organizations in Massachusetts and New England that offer opportunities in sports such as cycling, track and field, rowing, sled hockey, skiing, snowboarding, wheelchair rugby, and many more.

Opportunities also exist for people with disabilities to compete or participate in an integrated setting. Persons with disabilities can play alongside people without disabilities in team sports like sled hockey and wheelchair basketball, for example. Likewise, mountains are open to people of all abilities for skiing and snowboarding. This allows individuals with disabilities to participate with family or friends who do not have a disability or to compete in their sport of choice against other athletes of varying abilities.

If a particular sport program is not offered in your area, it may be available in neighboring states. This is often the case with ski and snowboard programs as the availability and proximity to mountains in Massachusetts may be limited depending on where you live.

For those interested in learning more about specific programs, the Massachusetts Network of Information providers has a section on their website devoted to Adaptive/Accessible Recreation Opportunities.

Additionally, the US Paralympics website allows individuals to search for sport clubs both local and nationwide. The tool offers a way to search by location as well as an advanced search option which allows a search by sport. Both competitive and recreational opportunities can be found.

Disclaimer: The Massachusetts Office on Disability (MOD) is not affiliated with and does not endorse the above-mentioned programs and organizations. 


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