Resources, Links, & Documents

Resources and Hot Links

The following links are provided as a courtesy. NCRTA does not sponsor or endorse any of the organization web sites listed below. NCRTA does not assume responsibility for the content or accuracy of the information contained in the destination link.

If you know of a web site that would be of interest to recreational therapists or assistants in North Carolina, please email the Web Site Coordinator using our contact form with web information and web address.

NCRTA past conference brochures and documents

NCRTA 2015 Brochure (for print)

Recreational Therapy and Therapeutic Recreation Sites

The American Therapeutic Recreation Association
Therapeutic Recreation Directory

North Carolina Resources Sites

ACCESS North Carolina

Travel for persons with disabilities often requires additional planning. Before that next trip, use ACCESS NC to gather details on accessibility, scheduling, costs, and facilities of destinations and attractions across the state. Organized by county and city, it is easy to use to locate what might be nearby to visit:  parks, forests, scenic trails, museums, camps, recreation areas, resorts, botanical gardens, and more! Produced by the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, it is distributed by the NC Division of Travel, Film and Sports Development. The information is available online or call 1-800-VISIT NC (847-4862) for a free copy. For questions about the book or tourism site accessibility or requesting a copy, contact Philip Woodward, Access Specialist at (919)733-0390 or email to: .

The Check-it-Out Program

Check-It-Out (CIO) is a coordinated effort to loan assistive technology equipment to North Carolinians with disabilities, their families, and their service providers. The goal of this statewide network is to increase accessibility to adaptive devices by linking existing equipment loan programs via the World Wide Web. “Recreation” and “Toys” are included in the many categories provided for searching for available equipment.

The North Carolina Office on Disability and Health

This office published a North Carolina recreation program directory for persons with disabilities.  For more information, contact Chris Mackey at 919-966-0865 or email to:

The North Carolina Health Access Coalition

The North Carolina Health Access Coalition is a group of citizens and consumer organizations that are concerned with consumer education and consumer involvement in the North Carolina health care policymaking process. The goal of the Coalition is “to help consumers’ to become forceful participants in the health policy debate in order to ensure that every person in North Carolina has affordable, accessible and high quality health care services that meet their basic health needs.

The North Carolina State Library

The state library provides services for persons who are blind or have other disabilities that impair reading ability. The same book and magazine titles found in any other public library are available for loan. However, instead of being printed in regular-sized print, they are recorded on long-playing records and cassette  tapes, and produced in grade 2 braille or large type. Readers are also loaned special tape and record players. There are books and magazines for all ages and all reading interests; catalogs listing available titles are sent to each reader.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Look under the link for “Licenses/Permits.” The North Carolina General Assembly and Wildlife Resources Commission have worked cooperatively to expand opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in hunting, fishing and other related outdoor activities.

Partnerships in Assistive Technology

Partnerships in Assistive Technology (PAT) is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is “to increase knowledge about and access to assistive technology for North Carolinians with disabilities.”  Distributes a newsletter, posts a monthly AT classified listing, hosts NC Meeting Place (computer bulletin board for persons with disabilities), coordinates the annual NC AT Expo, and coordinates multiple grant projects including projects focused on improving  recreation access.

The North Carolina Science to Service Project

The North Carolina Science to Service Project is a new initiative to plan for the implementation of evidence based practices for adults with severe mental illness. The project is supported by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services, the National Institute on Mental Health, and the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services for North Carolina. More information about this project is on our web site.  Information about evidence based practices for adults with mental illness is now accessible through the internet.

Federal – National Health and Regulatory Organization Sites

American Medical Association

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission

Service Definitions

Recent memos outlining the implementation of new service definitions can be found on the Division of MH/DD/SAS website at or DMA at     Information can be found under “announcements” or “reform”.

Bilingual Assistance Available

The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has established a toll-free helpline to offer bilingual support to Medicare beneficiaries in the Hispanic community. Bilingual assistance is available by calling 1-866-SU-FAMILIA. Medicare information in Spanish is also available at

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

CMS has published fact sheets in a number of languages, available on the Social Security website: .

Sports and Outdoor Adventure Sites

International Blind Sports Association

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

Disabled Sports USA

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission