Chicago Paralympic Development Program

The Chicago Paralympic Development Program is the only entity of its kind in the country, partnering with existing agencies in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs to enhance the opportunities for individuals with physical and visual disabilities to access sport and recreation activities.

Adaptive sports provide such an opportunity, capitalizing on athletes’ strengths and skills, and making necessary adjustments to the sport rules and/or equipment to accommodate athletes with physical or visual disabilities.  The most successful and elite athletes will compete at the Paralympic Games, the highest level of international competition for athletes with physical or visual disabilities.

Often times a lack of appropriate equipment, unskilled coaches, and inadequate transportation are typical barriers to participation in adaptive sport. World Sport Chicago provides expertise and resources that remove these barriers and allows more people to live healthy, active lives.

Adaptive sport and disability inclusion

  • WSC works with sport partners to host adaptive sport clinics in Chicago Public Schools in order to increase the awareness of and exposure to adaptive sports.
  • WSC promotes inclusive and integrated sport to be introduced in recess and physical education that encourages able-bodied students and students with disabilities to participate together in various sports and activities
  • Athlete Ambassadors, particularly those who have a disability, will promote disability awareness at their partner schools.

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Chicago Community Partners in Paralympic Sport

World Sport Chicago supports more than 20 local agencies with programs serving nearly 1,000 individuals with disabilities each year. World Sport Chicago offers Paralympic judo and boccia as on-going programs at different Chicago Public Schools, which are hosted by community-based Paralympic Sport Clubs throughout Chicagoland.

To learn more about adaptive sport programs, clinics and events in the Chicagoland area, please email or call 312-861-4850.

Adaptive Sports

Partnerships with city and suburban Paralympic sport organizations are also opening the doors for Chicago’s youth and adults with physical and visual disabilities to sports like:

  • Archery
  • Boccia
  • Cycling
  • Judo
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Track & field
  • Triathlon
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • And more!

Some of Our Many Partners

Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association

Chicago Park District


Chicago State University Cougar Sports Academy

Adaptive Adventures

Project Mobility

Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Special Recreation Associations

Menomonee Judo

Tohkon Judo Academy


Find a Paralympic Sport Program

The agencies partnering with World Sport Chicago include organizations from the city and suburbs. To find a Paralympic sport program in your community and get active now, visit U.S. Paralympics’ Find-a-Club tool.