NWABA provides experiences in sports like tandem biking, kayaking, and skiing to individuals of all ages and abilities with visual impairments who have never before been able to experience them.
We have found that participants benefit most when our programs are offered on an on-going basis. NWABA provides on-going Wednesday night programs in the summer and on weekends throughout the year throughout the Willamette Valley in Oregon and numerous one-time events in other areas across our region. Through this consistent approach, athletes are able to build skill, confidence, and community.
Paralympic Experiences are offered throughout our region in schools and communities for youth and adults to experience a wide array of sports in one day. NWABA brings in coaches and Paralympic athletes to teach students various sports like judo, track and field, and goalball, a sport invented for individuals who are visually impaired. By meeting Paralympic athletes, participants witness firsthand that they too can achieve their dreams.
Every summer, NWABA hosts a one-week developmental sports camp called Camp Abilities. The camp promotes independence and life skills through sports and physical activity. In 2017 Camp Abilities Oregon was the largest camp for youth with visual impairments in the nation. In 2018 we hope to host a Camp Abilities Oregon and a Camp Abilities Washington.