Youth & Family Disability Resources: July 2013

In this month’s youth and family disability resources, we have a collection of adaptive recreation programs, an art program, and a travel training opportunity. Check ’em out!

Spaulding Adaptive Sports Center: Summer Events
The brochure for the Spaulding Adaptive Sports Center’s summer programming is out. They offer a wide range of adaptive sports opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including windsurfing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, tennis, rowing, sailing, golf, fishing, archery, and more.

DCR’s Universal Access Program: Summer Events
Over the summer, the Department of Conservation and Recreation is offering the following accessible events and activities: kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing, adaptive cycling, accessible hiking, horseback riding, and more!
These programs are offered across the state and at an affordable cost (or free!).

Adaptive & Accessible Sailing with Piers Park
From July 8 to August 23 in East Boston, Piers Park Sailing is holding a program for individuals with various cognitive and physical disabilities such as PDD-NOS, Autism, Down Syndrome, ADHD, ADD, MS, Cerebral Palsy, Deaf, Blind, and Spina Bifida. Program is completely inclusive with able bodied and adaptive participants. For more information contact or 617-561-6677 x14 or 800-244-2756.

Accessible Swimming at ADA Accessible Pools
All MA Department of Conservation and Recreation pools will be outfitted with new ADA accessible lifts and at least one other means of pool access.

Museum of Fine Arts “Artful Healing” Program
On Saturdays over the summer (10:30am-12pm), children ages 8-12 years on the Autism Spectrum can explore the MFA collection with a trained Museum instructor, then continue to a classroom and create their own masterpiece to take home. One parent or caregiver is required to accompany the child, but is admitted free with each purchased child ticket,  and also receives a discount on parking in Museum facilities. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are only available online. Tickets for the current week’s class will only be available for sale until 1 pm on Wednesday.

Ways2Go Travel Training
In June, Ways2Go launched its travel training service. Ways2Go is a collaborative effort among Door2Door by SCM, the MBTA, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and the City of Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Ways2Go offers travel training in both English and Spanish, and the program offers one-on-one training tailored to each participant’s needs and goals. To find a travel training program near you, check out the interactive map.

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