About NWABA

 Enriching Lives. Providing Opportunities.

Founded in 2007, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes is a national leader dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, youth, adults and military veterans through participation in sports and physical activity in communities across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Who We Serve

NWABA’s programs and services serve individuals of all ages and abilities with visual impairments. Our programs offer opportunities from teaching children to swim for the first time to providing competitive team-based sports for veterans with visual impairments. Opportunities are available to everyone with a visual impairment regardless of age or ability level.

Our Impact

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Individuals Served

Our programs have grown from serving 6 individuals our first year in 2007 to more than 1,500 in FY16.

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Program Hours

More than 1,900 program service hours were delivered to visually impaired youth in FY16.

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Volunteers

An extraordinary team of 350+ volunteers provided more than 2,500 hours in FY16-17.

  • 93% of participants said NWABA has encouraged them to be more independent in their everyday life.
  • 97% of participants said NWABA has inspired them to advocate for themselves in their home, school and community.
  • 90% of participants said NWABA has encouraged them to try new things out of their comfort zone.
  • 97% of participants said NWABA has helped them build new friendships.
  • 93% of participants said NWABA has encouraged them to be more independent in their everyday life.
  • 97% of participants said NWABA has inspired them to advocate for themselves in their home, school and community.
  • 90% of participants said NWABA has encouraged them to try new things out of their comfort zone.
  • 97% of participants said NWABA has helped them build new friendships.

Reaching Our Region

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes programs and services span the region to serve individuals with visual impairments and their families in communities of all sizes across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Map of the Regional Areas Served by NWABA, Including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana

Dedicated Leadership

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes is led by an incredible group of staff, volunteers, and program partners who work tirelessly to enhance current programs and develop new innovative approaches to ensure every individual who needs our help has the opportunity to participate. Learn more by checking out our teamBoard of Directors, and Founder/Executive Director’s message.

Investing Our Resources Wisely

As a growing, grassroots nonprofit organization that relies almost exclusively on generous community support, we are dedicated to utilizing community resources effectively and are honored that 76% goes directly to support individuals with visual impairments.

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