In addition to working with Veterans with disabilities, the PGA of America is engaging all players with disabilities. The PGA welcomes individuals with disabilities into PGA Membership and has modified the Playing Ability Test to reasonably accommodate their special needs.
We also partner with other organizations to promote interest in and ensure accessibility to the game of golf for everyone. The PGA of America partners with the National Alliance for Accessible Golf to help consumers find more information regarding golf programs, golf instruction and facilities with adaptive equipment. Formed in 2001, the mission of the Alliance is to increase participation of individuals with disabilities in the game of golf, regardless of ability, socioeconomic condition or experience.
The PGA of America also played an instrumental role in the development of the Special Olympics Golf program worldwide. Alongside the Special Olympics, the PGA developed a set of guidelines and training materials for Special Olympics athletes and coaches. Since the first international introduction of Special Olympics golf in 1991, nearly 4,000 Special Olympians have participated in PGA golf clinics at the Summer World Games. The PGA of America has also provided financial and technical assistance to a variety of Special Olympics events since 1995.