Yes, there are lines on a court, but they aren't there to exclude anyone, regardless of disability. Adaptive Tennis recognizes four categories of differently-abled players:
- Developmentally disabled (learning disabilities, autism, Down's Syndrome, mental retardation)
- Physically disabled (birth defects, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, etc.)
- Consumers of mental health services (psychiatrically disabled, emotionally disturbed)
- At risk/environmentally disabled (substance abusers, mentally and physically abused, homeless, HIV positive individuals, persons within the juvenile justice system, etc.)
For each of these groups, Adaptive Tennis supports the tennis programs, providing grant money, equipment and resources for specifically-tailored programs that provide fun, fitness and a positive social experience for participants. Regional clinics and instructional programs are held throughout the country, often in conjunction with agencies devoted to serving special populations within the respective communities.
For more information on programs taking place in your local area contact Brandon Smith, at 317-669-0456 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.