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Programs For Disabled Athletes

June 19, 1990|ADAM STEINHAUER

Several organizations, including Easter Seals and the Orange County Council on Recreation for the Disabled, publish directories of athletics and other recreational activities for disabled athletes.

Many of the local community colleges offer adaptive physical education or a disabled sports program.

Saddleback College offers classes in wheelchair basketball and tennis, and weight training and swimming for the disabled. They may also start a wheelchair racquetball program. Saddleback also sponsors a competitive wheelchair basketball team. Their physical education department can be contacted at 582-4545.

Cypress College, 826-2220, also offers a wheelchair sports class in its physical education department and sponsors a wheelchair basketball team.

Orange Coast College, 432-5050, offers a disabled sports program that includes a wheelchair basketball team and bowling for people with disabilities.

Rancho Santiago's adaptive physical education, 667-3000, includes swimming, tennis, aerobics, badminton and bowling.

Several organizations offer athletics for the developmentally disabled. The Orange County Special Olympics offers year-round training for the developmentally disabled in several sports within various community recreation and school programs. They can be reached at 995-2225.

The Oceanview chapter of Little League baseball began its Challenger Division for developmentally disabled children this year. It is organized by Marsha Baumfeld, 848-8264.

The Rehabilitative Institute of Southern California in Orange, 633-7400, offers a program of sports and exercise for disabled children every Saturday.

The public swimming pools of Irvine, 559-0472, are accessible to the handicapped.

The Par Center of Irvine, 753-2300, offers specialized sports medicine for people disabled by muscular or skeletal injuries.

Several private tennis courts, including the Racquet Club of Irvine and the Newport Tennis Club, are also accessible to the handicapped.

Swimming lessons for the disabled are offered by Irvine Parks and Recreation, at the accessable Irvine public pools; the Anaheim Family YMCA, 635-9622; City of Anaheim Therapeutic Recreation, 821-6510; City of Huntington Beach Community Services, 536-5486 and the Newport-Costa Mesa YMCA, 642-9990.

The Handicapped Scuba Assn., 498-6128, trains and certifies disabled and able-bodied people in scuba diving.

Various other organizations, including the National Foundation of Wheelchair Tennis, 361-6811, based in Mission Viejo, organize tournaments, clinics and exhibitions throughout the year.

The United States Organization for Disabled Athletes, sponsors the Victory Games, a world championship for physically disabled athletes, and some smaller competitions. USODA is made up of five smaller member organizations which also organize disabled athletics on a national and international level: the United States Amputee Athletic Assn., United States Assn. for Blind Athletes, United States Cerebral Palsy Athletic Assn., the Dwarf Athletic Assn. of America and the National Wheelchair Athletic Assn.

USODA is based in Uniondale, N.Y., and can be reached at 516-485-3701.

Sports and Spokes Magazine, based in Phoenix, 602-246-9426, also reports on upcoming disabled sports events and covers competitions across the country.

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