Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

May 12, 2015
Posted By: Kerrie Mason

With the warm weather finally here after a long, snowy winter, many of us are setting our sights on the wonderful outdoor activities that New England has to offer.  Venture encourages all program participants to live active, healthy lifestyles by participating in activities that interest them.  Outdoor activities that many of us enjoy such as biking, kayaking, and hiking require a little extra accommodation for the individuals we support.  Luckily, over the years, adaptive equipment for individuals with all types of disabilities has become more widely available.

We would like to take this opportunity to share that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is hosting an Accessible Recreation Fair on Saturday, May 30 at Artesani Park in Brighton from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  This is a great way to learn about the department’s Universal Access Program! The fair will provide information about accessible outdoor recreation available for individuals, families and friends of people with disabilities throughout Massachusetts. Activities will include a cycling fair with an assortment of accessible cycles available for use, soccer, hiking, letterboxing and kite flying.  To RSVP for this great event, call (413) 577-3840.  For more information about the Universal Access Program, click here.

Another excellent resource for adaptive recreation is a great local nonprofit called All Out Adventures, which provides free or very low cost outdoor recreation programs for people of all ages and abilities throughout Massachusetts.  For more information about their outings, click here.  Venture has also worked closely with Team Hoyt New England to support our program participants in becoming more involved in community activities.  Several individuals who live in our residential programs participate in road races regularly with Team Hoyt runners!  To learn more about Team Hoyt New England, click here.

Lastly, don’t forget to visit our Pinterest board to check out some of the latest and greatest adaptive equipment that is available for people with disabilities!

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