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Blind Sports Organizations

Handicapped Scuba Association International

Website - Handicapped Scuba Association International

Description - The HSA was founded in 1981 by Jim Gatacre and is now the world's leading authority on recreational diving for people with disabilities. Headquartered in California, HSA INTERNATIONAL extends its underwater educational programs worldwide. The HSA is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and the donations made to us are gratefully accepted and tax deductible. We operate as an independent diver training and certifying agency. Our prestigious diver education programs and Instructor Training Course (ITC) are internationally recognized and unequaled by any other programs in the industry. These programs were developed in conjunction with two major certifying agencies, PADI and NAUI. Our specially trained Instructors form a worldwide network of over 2000 HSA Instructors located in 45 countries.

International Blind Sports Federation

Website - International Blind Sports Federation

Description - The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) was founded in Paris in 1981 as a non-profit-making organisation. Its status as a legal entity was formalised in 1985 with the adoption of its first Constitution during a general assembly held in Hurdal, Norway. The constitution has been revised and amended at several assemblies since then, including in June 1997 on the occasion of the 5th General Assembly in Casablanca and at the 7th assembly in Beijing, China, in 2005. IBSA has been registered at the Spanish National Sports Council (CSD) since March 1996.

United States Association for Blind Athletes (USABA)

Web site - United States Association for Blind Athletes (USABA)

Description - The mission of the United States Association of Blind Athletes is to increase the number and quality of grassroots-through-competitive, world-class athletic opportunities for Americans who are blind or visually impaired. We do this by providing athlete and coach identification and support, program and event management, and national and international representation. We value the life-enhancing aspects of sports and the opportunity to demonstrate the abilities of people who are blind and visually impaired.

United States Braille Chess Association

Web site - United States Braille Chess Association

Description - The purpose of the United States Braille Chess Association (USBCA) is to actively encourage and assist in the promotion and advancement of correspondence and over-the-board chess among chess enthusiasts who are blind or visually impaired.