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Arizona Links

Here’s a list of Arizona Web Sites

www.abil.org Arizona Bridge to Independent Living

www.azspinal.org Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association

SPORTS & RECREATION ORGANIZATIONS
Arizona Disabled Sports Mesa www.arizonadisabledsports.com
Arizona Disabled Sports (AzDS) is a  not for profit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with disabilies. AzDS has numerous sports for people in wheelchairs.  They include snow skiing, wheelchair rugby, power soccer, track & field, swimming, archery and annual events such as the Desert Challenge. The Association is a chapter of Arizona Special Olympics; Wheelchair Sports, USA; National Disability Sports Alliance; United States Association of Blind Athletes; and Disabled Sports, USA.  They also are known as the Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled (MASD)
City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Phoenix Phoenix Rec
Phoenix has a great program for hand bikes, adaptive trails, cross-country skiing, sled-hockey, golf and camping.  Of late their budget has been sliced pretty close to the bone so their offerings arent as plentiful.
Disabled Sports Center Phoenix www.disabilitysportscenter.com
Scheduled for construction in 2010, the the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center is designed to bring people together with all different types of disabilities, of all ages, to encourage wellness, physical fitness and nutritional health.
The 45,000-square-foot sports, fitness and aquatics center will be the first of its kind in the Western United States. In addition to hosting competitive sports programs for persons with disabilities, the center will also accommodate fitness, health and wellness programs.

The center will feature spacious and accessible sports courts, runners’ track, pool, fitness/training equipment, locker rooms, showers and dressing areas for people with physical and sensory disabilities.

Arizona Heat – Power Soccer Mesa www.azheatpowersoccer.squarespace.com/
Power Soccer is played by people who use power wheelchairs (aka electric wheelchairs). The team is sponsored by Arizona Disabled Sports and practices at the Broadway Gym in Mesa.
Phoenix Suns – Wheelchair Basketball Phoenix www.bannerwheelchairsuns.org
The Phoenix Banner Wheelchair Suns are members of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (NWBA).  The organzation has both a coed team, female team, and youth team.
Grand Canyon State Fencing Foundation Mesa www.gcsff.org
Arizona’s fencing organization for people in wheelchairs. Fencing article.
Phoenix Coyotes – Sled Hockey Phoenix www.coyotesledhockey.com
The Phoenix Coyotes sled hockey team consists of people who typically use a wheelchair to get about.  They practice and host tourneyments at the Ice Den in north Scottsdale.
Arizona Disabled Scuba Divers Foundation Phoenix www.azcandive.com
The Arizona Disabled Scuba Divers Foundation is a 501(3)c organization that believes every man, woman and child should have the opportunity to know the “undersea world.” The group trains individuals with disabilty in scuba techniques and coordinates trips to the ocean.
Musselman Kart Racing Tucson www.mhcircuit.com
Musselman Honda Track is an amazing kart racing track.  They also have a great adaptive kart for people with disabilities.  The program is operated thru the UoA’s Adaptive Sports Program. Adaptive Kart article
Disabled Explorers Phoenix www.disabledexplorers.com
Disabled Explorers offers people with disabilities an opportunity to drive an amazing off-road vehicle venture into the great outdoors of Arizona. Explorer article.

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  2. Hi Loren Good to see your name pop up again. I worked with you when you were doing Wunago.com so many years ago. Hopefully things are going well for you. Amy and I are thinking of spending a winter down Arizona way some year (possibly next winter) instead of going to our condo on Maui. Do you know of any accessible condos/houses that are available for holiday rental for 3-4 months. Hopefully with your guidance in a nice and pretty warm area of the state. Thank you Aloha Bruce

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