Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Virginia

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see: http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012

“In 1607, the first permanent English-speaking colonists in North America set up camp on an island and built a fort they called Jamestowne. This small band of gentlemen and tradesmen had an extremely rough start, but within a few years this bountiful land known as Virginia had greatly rewarded them for their courageous efforts.

They first set foot on a sandy Atlantic Ocean beach at Cape Charles, at the mouth of one of the world’s great estuaries, the Chesapeake Bay. Beyond them lay a varied, rich, and scenic land. They settled beside one of the great tidal rivers whose tributaries led their descendants through the rolling hills of the Piedmont, over the Blue Ridge Mountains, and into the great valleys beyond.

Today, the history-loving Commonwealth of Virginia abounds with historic homes and plantations, buildings that rang with revolutionary oratory, museums and battlefields recalling the bloody Civil War fought on its soil, and small towns that seem little changed since Colonial times. Conservation efforts have kept a great deal of Virginia’s wilderness looking much as it did in 1607, making the state a prime destination for lovers of the great outdoors. Virginia has an abundance of places to indulge your passion.” (source: Frommers.com)

 

USTA Adaptive Tennis Virginia

The USTA Adaptive Tennis mission is to provide opportunities to everyone, regardless of any disability, to enjoy tennis. Adaptive Tennis’ goal is to promote and develop recreational tennis opportunities for individuals with differing abilities and circumstances through inclusion, knowledge, and support, and by providing, where needed, adaptive programming, equipment, and teaching techniques.

Website: http://virginiatennis.com/community/adaptive.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/USTAVirginiaTennis
Phone: 540-982-5524

 

SportAble Adaptive Sports & Recreation

The reason Sportable exists is to transform the lives of people with physical and visual disabilities through sport! Offers several sports including but not limited to: strength training, cycling, tennis and archery.
Website: http://sportable.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SportableRVA
Phone: 804.340.2991

 

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports is a non-profit, 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is to improve the lives of people with a disability through outdoor sports and recreation. As of 2010, we offer instruction in alpine skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, and canoeing. In addition, in 2009 we created our first Wounded Warrior golf program.Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, next to the slopes of Wintergreen Resort and adjacent to Wintergreen’s beautiful Lake Monocan, WAS offers fun, exhilaration and the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

Website: http://skiwas.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wintergreen-Adaptive-Sports/196084620405507
Phone: 434-325-2007

 

Silvercreek Adaptive Skiing

Snowshoe Mountain offers adaptive equipment and instruction for just about every disability group including 3 and 4 Track Skiing, Mono and Bi-Ski, Blind-Visual Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Developmental Disabilities and other Orthopedic and Neuromuscular Disabilities. PSIA certified adaptive instructors will help make learning fun, easy and safe.  The Adaptive Ski Building is located slope side at Silver Creek.

SnowshoeMountainoffers adaptive equipment and instruction for just about every disability group including 3 and 4 Track Skiing, Mono and Bi-Ski, Blind-Visual Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Developmental Disabilities and other Orthopedic and Neuromuscular Disabilities. PSIA certified adaptive instructors will help make learning fun, easy and safe.  The Adaptive Ski Building is located slope side at Silver Creek.

Website: http://silvercreekwv.net/winter/adaptive.htm
Phone: 304-572-6793
Email: dbegg@snowshoemtn.com 

 

NATIONAL PARKS GOLDEN ACCESS PASSPORT 

National and state parks are abound in Virginia and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov 

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 


About the Author: Farah Bohannon of Winder, Georgia currently serves as UroMed’s Marketing and Sales Support Assistant. She graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama in May 2010. She loves to utilize her writing and marketing skills with inspiring stories. Farah is also passionate about traveling and exploring new cities and places. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys hanging out with her husband, exercising, cooking, baking, scuba diving, and playing tennis.

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