Getting in the Game

Adaptive Sporting Equipment
Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 12:41
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There’s something about fall that makes you want to get outdoors. Cooling temperatures, falling leaves, the promise of caramel apples, and football (or the food that accompanies watching football) are the favorites of some. For others, activities like hiking, archery, and hunting make the list. With fall sports in play, and winter sports on the horizon, it’s important to note that many sports and activities are accessible to everyone—you just need the right equipment.

One great resource to find adaptive equipment is Disabled Sports USA. Here you can find equipment resource links for dozens of sports, learn more about adaptive sports, and check out upcoming events.

Winter sport enthusiast? Adaptive skiing, sledding, and snowboarding equipment is available to help everyone enjoy the six glorious months of winter in MN. Ever hear of sled hockey? Sled hockey is a seated version of ice hockey for players with mobility limitations. Players ride on a sled with blades and utilize two sticks with metal pics to play the game and help navigate the ice.

Want to learn more about sled hockey? Open-houses are being held by the Minnesota Sled Hockey Association to get players acquainted! Check the Sled Hockey schedule for upcoming ‘Try Sled Hockey’ events

More Products & Solutions

An adaptive notepad and customizable keyboard app for iPad, featuring more than 100 ready-made keyboard options or the ability to customize to specific needs, text-to-speech, and word prediction functionality.

The Arc Minnesota asks, “How could $500 change your life?”. The Minnesota Microgrant Partnership offers grants from $100 to $2000 with the average awarded value between $700-$800. Grants can be used for employment, housing, or community integration for people with disabilities.

Follow ARRM on Facebook? If so, you may have caught some of our ‘12 Days of Technology’ post series. Each day, December 13–December 24, we featured a new piece of technology that is helping individuals with disabilities live more independently. In case you missed any of the tech, here is the roundup—the Technology Resource Center’s 12 Days of Technology 2019.

An augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that “empowers people to make their voices heard”.

A mouth-controlled USB joystick that lets users control their computer, mobile device, or switch-controlled devices or AAC system by sip and puff functions, or if on a respirator, by switch.

A customizable augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app for iOS.

A real-time, multilingual sign language translator that translates sign language to voice and text.

A portable, expandable, alarm system that can be attached to doors, cabinets, or windows to alert caregivers of activity or to detect wandering.

If you follow ARRM on Facebook, you may have caught some of our ‘24 Days of Technology’ post series.

For people looking for assistive technology resources to help them, or those they care for, live more independently, Pacer Simon Technology Center (STC)  is one gr