Chapter 12: Sports, Recreation and Travel
Section 1: Sports, Camps, Recreation And Leisure
Subsection B: Recreation And Leisure for People with Disabilities
A pass is a ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.
America the Senior Pass costs $80 Lifetime Senior Pass and $20 Annual Senior Pass. It's available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.
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Among Friends Activity Center provides a safe and friendly place for adults with additional needs and disabilities for fun, learning, and friendships; offering opportunities and hope for a better tomorrow.
The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a nonprofit organization chartered by the United States Congress and dedicated to serving the needs of its members.
PVA is a leading advocate for: Quality healthcare, research and education addressing spinal cord injury and dysfunction, benefits, civil rights and opportunities that maximize the independence of our members.
Sponsors fishing tournaments and trapshoot events that are accessible to people with disabilities. A great source of information on other sports activities including bowling, softball, basketball, shooting sports, hunting, snow skiing, camping, pool and various outdoor sporting events. PVA's "Step Outside" program offers multiple sports and outdoors experiences. PVA also provides information on wheelchair accessible fishing and hunting facilities and publishes a calendar of sports/outdoor events.
The Mid-America PVA Chapter hosts Annual picnics, sporting events and other recreational activities for their members throughout the year. Go to the website and check out the calendar of events that are posted on a monthly basis, including information on fishing, hunting and skiing events; deer hunting for persons who are non-ambulatory and various fall hunting events.
NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability. Being active is an important part of getting and staying healthy. They have information and resources for every on from guidelines to consider before starting any kind of exercise program to fact sheets on many popular activities, games, recreational pursuits, and sports that have been adapted to allow people with disabilities to participate as fully as they wish, become as active as they wish.
They provide options and information to help people pursue whatever kind of activity they enjoy. Indoor or outdoor, recreational or competitive, solo or team, easy or intensive, NCPAD has the resources, contacts, and assistance anyone may need.
For adults with disabilities the Foundation offers summer field trips, campouts, arts and crafts, bowling, scouting groups and community outings. Inquire with the office about summer children's activities.
State of Oklahoma Resorts may provide a room or cabin discount to persons age 62 and over and to persons who are totally disabled. Available discounts are reflected on TravelOK.com and are subject to availability and demand.
A campground discount of 50% off the campsite base rate is offered to 100% Disabled persons seven days a week; utility charges are not discounted. Verification of total disability is required to be eligible for the disability discounts. Verification documentation from an official government entity establishing 100% disability must be provided to be eligible for this discount.
Wheelchair accessible resorts include Lake Murray Lodge, Roman Nose Lodge and Sequoyah Lodge. A totally accessible cabin is available at Greenleaf Lake.
Information and online booking for all State Parks and Lodges is available at TravelOK.com
OSD is a residential and day school providing specialized educational services to children and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. The School also serves as a statewide resource for the education of deaf and hard of hearing children who attend public schools in Oklahoma. Programs include:
- Early Childhood Development Program for children ages 2-6;
- Regional preschools in Collinsville and Edmond are provided by OSB in cooperation with local schools;
- A comprehensive curriculum for residential and day students, with instruction in reading, language arts, math, social studies, science, physical education, fine arts, communication skills, computer skills, and other subjects;
- Vocational and technical training;
- Work experience in the community;
- Social, cultural and recreational activities;
- Student organizations;
- Sports and athletic competitions; and
- Outreach services including psychological and audiological evaluations, parent education programs, captioned videos, vocational and career education, counseling, and sign language instruction.
OSD Satellite Pre-schools:
Edmond Regional Preschool
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK 73034
Chickasha Early Childhood Center
on campus of USAO, Canning Hall
1727 W Alabama Ave, Chickasha, OK 73018
Reading and Literacy Program for Children who are Deaf. For deaf and hard of hearing youth ages 11-17 (5th - 11th grades) are held in the summers. The five-day program helps students learn to appreciate reading and advance their literacy skills. Students are tested and grouped by reading level. They receive five hours of instruction each day. Afternoons and evenings are filled with recreation and field trips.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses for People with Disabilities - Legally blind or physically impaired persons who have difficulty using fishing equipment are not required to purchase State fishing licenses if they carry with them a letter from a doctor specifying their disability and functional limitations. One companion may also fish free.
Persons using wheelchairs are exempt from State hunting licenses if they carry a doctor's letter specifying their disability; however, non-ambulatory hunters who wish to hunt from a vehicle on private lands must obtain a non-ambulatory permit. Veterans with disability ratings of 60% or more may contact the VA office in Muskogee at 1-888-655-2838 to obtain a card which will exempt them from purchase of hunting and fishing licenses (some tags not included).
Also exempt from fishing license requirements are residents of Oklahoma institutions established for the care and treatment of mental illness or alcohol or drug dependence, and persons who are developmentally disabled and residing in a group home or other institution.
The state also has a Disability Fishing License which is valid for five years and can be purchased for $10. This license is available for legal residents of Oklahoma who have lived in the state for six months and who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance or SSI. A 5-year Disability Hunting License (same qualifications) may also be purchased for $10.
Call the numbers above for added information on disability hunting and fishing license provisions. Wildlife Department publications on hunting and fishing regulations, including disability provisions, are available on request.
Year-round sports activities for individuals with disabilities. Call for information on events and for referral to local Special Olympics programs.
Outdoor experiences for wheelchair users and others with physical disabilities. Activities and events vary from year to year but have included sailing, kayaking, mountain climbing, bicycling, tennis, family fun days and more.
An international organization offering arts-based programs in creative writing, dance, drama, music, and the visual arts. A variety of programs are offered through VSArts state affiliate organizations. Provides an online art gallery for the work of artists with disabilities. Sponsors arts festivals, Legacy art program for older adults, playwright discovery award, Young Soloists Award, arts programs for children, and events that showcase the talent of artists with disabilities. Provides an arts, disability and education searchable database with links to resources nationwide.
The VSA arts International Young Soloists Award annually recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities and supports and encourages them in their pursuit of a career. All types of music are accepted - country, classical, jazz, rap, rock, bluegrass, world, etc. A committee of distinguished music professionals selects the award recipients who receive $5,000 and the opportunity to perform in Washington, D.C.
Organizes outdoor adventures for people with and without disabilities. Activities include dog sledding, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, hiking and pack trips. Destinations include wilderness sites worldwide, with emphasis on sites in Canada, and the western and eastern United States. The organization also offers employment, volunteer and internship opportunities.