American Blind Skiing Foundation

General Information

American Blind Skiing Foundation
609 Crandell Lane
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(312) 409 1605

Brief Description

ABSF was founded in 1971 and is a nonprofit tax-exempt national organization chartered in the State of Illinois. The purpose of ABSF is to provide an educational skiing program that is open to any blind or visually impaired person in the hope of providing both physical and psychological therapeutic value. Has a newsletter, membership information, and event schedule. ABSF is committed to serving visually impaired children & adults, giving them the opportunities and experiences that build confidence and independence that can last a lifetime.


Sam Skobel, Founder

Michelle Hulscher, President

Services Offered

  • Information and Referral
    • Provides information about blind skiing in Chicago region and nationally.

  • Community Outreach Programs
    • Sends speakers to address motivational groups of blind/visually impaired people to identify potential blind skiing participants and provide information.

  • Recreation Services
    • Teaches skiing to blind/visually impaired individuals, organizes races and other events. Loaner skis may be provided for first year. Upon approval by Ski Committee, usually after one year of regular participation, foundation may provide free skis to blind or visually impaired skiers.