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Sports for Children with Special Needs

Competitive sports teams in your community may be a bad fit for your child with special needs, but there are organizations with programs that will welcome him or her. Here's how to find them.
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Sports for Special Needs
Every child has the right to enjoy the fun of playing sports, the joy of teamwork, the achievement of hitting a ball or making a goal or crossing the finish line. Many programs have been developed to get children and adults with disabilities in the game. Find one that's right for your child.

How to Adapt Sports for Inclusion
An expert in adaptive physical education explains how to rethink sports activities to include players with all abilities.

Starting an Inclusive Sports Program
An adaptive gym instructor tells parents how to get started in creating a new sort of sports experience in which everyone can have fun.

Using Sports to Strengthen Social Skills
Strengthen your child's social skills with a carefully planned and supervised sports program. The inclusive-sports experts at NJAPE show you how.

Olympics Ads Featuring Paralympians
Many of the commercials shown during the 2014 Winter Olympics feature athletes with disabilities. Here's where you can watch them again.

Where to Watch the 2014 Winter Paralympics
There's more coverage for the 2014 Winter Paralympics than ever before, but you may still have a hard time finding it. Here's where to watch.

Ten Ways to Support the U.S. Paralympic Team
Rooting for Team USA in the 2012 Summer Paralympics? Find out how to contribute your dollars, your enthusiasm, and your child's athletic talents.

Summer Paralympics 2012
Find out what sports will be featured in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, from archery to wheelchair tennis.

Winter Paralympics
At the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, athletes with disabilities competed in five sports: Alpine Skiing, Cross Country Skiing, Biathlon, Ice Sledge Hockey, and Wheelchair Curling. Learn more about the sports and see photos of athletes in action.

Sports for Children with Physical Disabilities
From Cure Our Children, articles and links on finding athletic opportunities for children with physical disabilities, including modifications for adapting recreational activities.

Special Needs Swim Gear
Children with special needs may face special challenges when it comes to water play -- from keeping ear tubes dry to finding extra-large swim diapers. Here's the gear they'll need to stay cool in the pool.

Jensen-Schmidt Tennis Academy for Down Syndrome
Tennis-playing brothers Luke and Murphy Jensen, winners of the French Open Doubles in 1993, and coach Vince Schmidt travel to various locations around the country to provide tennis clinics for children and young adults with Down syndrome.

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