Recreation Opportunities For People With Disabilities

Recreational opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and skill levels.

Accessible Cape Cod

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau has put together a list of accessible venues, including beaches, playgrounds and trails, accommodations, and a dining guide to accessible restaurants in Hyannis.

Accessible Swimming PoolsOutdoor swimming pool lifts are available at all of the State Parks and Recreation Department’s 20 swimming pools. The pools are free. Contact pool directly for information about other site factors affecting accessibility.

AccesSport AmericaNational, non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery of higher function, fitness, and fun for children and adults with disabilities through high-challenge sports, which include kayaking, windsurfing and water skiing.
119 High Street in Acton
Phone: 978-264-0985
Toll Free: 866-457-7678
Email: betty@accessportamerica.org

Adaptive Sports New England
Adaptive Sports New England is a Massachusetts non-profit organization dedicated to increasing participation in sports among New England youth and young adults who have visual or mobility impairments.
Phone: 617-982-2763
E-mail: joe.walsh@adaptivesportsne.org

 

 All Out Adventures provides outdoor accessible recreational opportunities throughout Massachusetts for people of all abilities, their families and friends. Summer programs include accessible kayaking, canoeing, hiking and cycling. Winter programs include snowshoeing, x-country skiing & sit-skiing, ice skating, sled skating and snowmobile rides.

214 State Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: 413-584-2052
Email: info@alloutadventures.org

Arcs of Massachusetts – Local Arcs provide a variety of social and recreational activities for children and teens with developmental disabilities. Find your local Arc

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary Offers nine miles of walking trails guiding through a variety of field, woodland, and wetland habitats. A quarter-mile, handicap accessible trail and boardwalk along the bank of Indian Brook. Universally accessible facilities: Nature Center, Restrooms, All Persons Trail.
280 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508-655-2296
Email: broadmoor@massaudubon.org

BSC (Boston Sports Club) Adaptive Swim Program – On Monday and Wednesday evening, between 6:30pm and 7:30pm, BSC Waltham (840 Winter Street) offers an adaptive swim program for children, youth, adolescents and adults with disabilities in our 93 degree therapy pool. Volunteers between the ages of 16-20 from neighboring schools and organizations offer their time to pair with an individual seeking to increase range of motion, flexibility, and strength but most importantly to socialize with other individuals and families. Our adaptive swim program is offered during the school year (September thru May) the cost is $25.00 per session. Our 120,000 square foot, state of the art facility can accommodate families in our men’s, women’s or family changing rooms, fully equipped with showers, lockers, restrooms, towels, and other amenities. If you would like more information about adaptive swim program, call program desk between 9am and 6pm. Call the program manager for more information
Phone: 781-522-2054
Program Manager: 781-522-2512
CAPEable AdventuresOffers adaptive sports & therapeutic recreation activities to local residents and vacationers to the Cape.Phone: 508-566-3298
Email: info@capeableadventures.org

 

Cape Cod Beaches that are Wheelchair AccessibleCape Days your go to Cape Cod Guide offers a link to wheelchair accessible beaches.

 

Cape Cod Challenger Club – Offers noncompetitive sports and recreation opportunities for children with disabilities.
Phone: 508-420-6950
Email: info@capecodchallenger.org

Challenger Sport League – Some towns have challenger teams. The goal of the challenger team is to play with no pressure and to educate typical peers and their parents about sportsmanship. The program is available for boys and girls, ages 3 – 19 with all types of physical and developmental disabilities. Call your local town recreation department to find out if they offer challenger sports or visit the Massachusetts little league challenger program website.

CHD Disability Resources – A variety of adaptive sports provide barrier-free recreational and competitive opportunities for people of all skill levels and age groups, as well as their family and friends. The athletic programs run year-round and include wheelchair basketball, soccer, hockey, cycling, golf, swimming and more. Equipment is available to borrow for a nominal fee, such as: hand-cycles, sport wheelchairs, bi-ski, mono-skis, and bowling equipment. Social outings include movies, dinners, or concerts.
367 Pine Street, Springfield
Contact: Jen’s office number – (413) 439-2102

Children’s Physical Developmental Clinic at Bridgewater State UniversityThe aim of the clinic program is to improve the “total development” of children with disabilities by enhancing vital physical, motor, and aquatic skills and patterns. In addition, the program stresses the improvement of children’s self-esteem by strengthening emotional-social aspects of their personalities through successful involvement in play, recreation, and sport activities.
Phone: 508-531-1776
Email: cpdc@bridgew.edu

South Shore Conservatory Community Voices – Open to individuals 16 years of age and older. Must be willing to be committed for 12 weeks.  Provides a choral opportunity for adults and young adults with developmental delays. Singing in an ensemble, individuals will have the opportunity to develop and refine vocal technique, listening skills, and team-work. Repertoire will include songs from the masters, traditional and folk favorites, as well as pop and Broadway tunes. Performances are scheduled in December and June.
Contact Eve Montague, MSM, MT-BC
Phone: 781-934-2731 x20
Email: e.montague@sscmusic.org

Compelling FitnessIn Hanover, provides group and / or individual physical fitness training for children and adults with special needs.
Phone: 339-206-1109
Email: bret@compellingfitness.com

Horseback Riding – PATH International Centers in Massachusetts – Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, PATH International was formally known as North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Though PATH Intl. began with a focus on horseback riding as a form of physical and mental therapy, the organization and its dedicated members have since developed a multitude of different equine-related activities for therapeutic purposes, collectively known as equine-assisted activities and therapies (or EAAT).

JF & CS Sunday Respite Program – Serves children with Developmental Disabilities including those on the Autism Spectrum. Program includes swimming, music and art therapy. The program meets at the Striar JCC in Stoughton from 1:00 -4:00. This program is run by JF&CS with additional funding from Eastern Bank. For specific dates Contact Doreen Cummings
Phone: 781-693-5023
Email: awillinsky@jfcsboston.org

Kids In Disability Sports (K.I.D.S) – Several specialized athletic programs are available. K.I.D.S. hosts dances, sports banquets, social activities and recreational events throughout the year. Serves individuals and families throughout Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Participants range in age 5-40 and have varying disabilities.
Phone: 866-712-7799
Email: info@kidsinc.us

LIAM Nation Athletics – Sports leagues for special needs children in Tewksbury and surrounding communities in Merrimack Valley. Accommodates athletes of all abilities.
Bombers Baseball, Striker Soccer, Little Reds Basketball.
Phone: 978-902-3661
Email: info@liamnation.org

Mass Audubon Society
Mass Audubon strives to create a welcoming presence for a wide range of visitors, including making our sanctuaries and nature centers more accessible. We’re working hard to ensure that everyone can enjoy the nature of Massachusetts. The public facilities at most of our staffed wildlife sanctuaries are universally accessible, and we have many fully accessible trails. Plus, thanks to a generous grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), many of our sanctuaries now feature a multi-sensory interpretive trail. Accessibility information:
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
781-259-9500
800-AUDUBON (800-283-8266)
http://www.massaudubon.org/

Mass Dept of Conservation & Recreational Universal Access Program – Provides outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities. Accessibility to Massachusetts State Parks is achieved through site improvements, specialized adaptive recreation equipment, and accessible recreation programs. (617) 626-1250

Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children  Wheelchair Recreation & Sports Program – Wheelchair sports and recreation program for children ages 9 to 21.  Horseback riding, swimming and, Wheelchair Athletes Program.   Call for more information. Located at 3 Randolph Street in Canton.
Dick Crisafulli – Director
Phone: 781-830-8751 or 781-830-8314

Miracle League of Massachusetts – Provides baseball for special needs children.  Free to participate (includes uniform). Located at Blanchard Memorial Elementary School Ball Field in Boxborough.  For addition information or to register a 5 to 18 year old, contact Lauren Richardt.
Phone: 978-263-3043
Email: miracleleagueofma@yahoo.com

New England Wheelchair Athletic Association (NEWAA) – Volunteer organization that helps individuals with physical disabilities participate in recreational and sports activities.  The NEWAA provides opportunities for athletic competition by sponsoring
regional and local meets.
Phone: 781-830-8751

Partners for Youth With Disabilities – Provides mentoring programs that assist young people reach their full potential. Partners provides several types of mentoring programs including one-to-one, group mentoring and e-mentoring. Offers Access to Theatre inclusive program for teens and young adults.
Phone: 617-556-4075
(TTY): 617-314-2989
Email: info@pyd.org

Piers Park Sailing – Provides programs for disabled youth and adults aboard 23-foot sonar sailboats on a no charge basis. Serves those with amputations, paralysis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, autism, hearing impaired, sight impaired and other disabilities. Successfully integrates youth with disabilities into summer youth sailing programs.  Scholarships are available for all Adaptive sailing programs. “Yes You Can Sail” program Friday eves for $35.
Contact Caitlyn Ridgely
Phone: 617-561-6677 X15
Email: cridgely@piersparksailing.org

Senseability Gym – Serves special needs children in greater Hopedale area.  Our mission is to provide a parent-led sensory gym, giving children with special needs a safe, fun, indoor area where they can play and accommodate their sensory needs.
8 Charlesview Road, Unit 4
Hopedale, Massachusetts
Phone: 508-381-1231
Tina Perriello at tina@senseabilitygym.com or Alysia Butler at alysia@senseabilitygym.com

Spaulding Adaptive Sports – Offers adaptive sports and recreation activities in Boston, Cape Cod and the North Shore.  Includes wheelchair tennis, hand cycling, adaptive rowing, waterskiing or windsurfing.  Contact Mark Priest, Network Registration Specialist.  Adaptive Sports is under Programs and Services / Inpatient Services.

Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) – Provides year round sports training and athletic competition for all persons with intellectual disabilities. Minimum age requirement is eight years of age. There is no maximum age requirement. SOMA summer games offers aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, sailing, tennis and volleyball. Go to above link to search SOMA region that covers your town.
Phone: 508-485-0986.

Sudbury Adaptive Sports & Recreation – Programs for all ages and abilities.
Contact Anna Wood
Phone: 978-639-3257
Email: inclusive@sudbury.ma.us

Summer Camps 2017 – MNIP Fact Sheet

Super Soccer Stars Shine – Our unique program uses soccer as a vehicle to teach life skills to individuals with developmental disabilities.  Our innovative curriculum, designed by licensed educators and therapists, promotes the complete growth and development of each player.  Our low player-to-coach ratios encourage and empower players to increase social potential with teammates, build self-awareness and confidence and advance gross and fine motor skills — all while each individual improves at his or her own pace! Located at 1 Thompson Square, Suite 301 in Charlestown. Call for information.  Low pricing options and scholarship applications available.
Contact: Jaclyn Grant
Phone: 781-777-7171

Therapy and the Performing Arts Cape Cod – Provides children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to enjoy various arts and recreational programs in addition to receiving therapeutic benefits from their participation. Children gain new and rewarding experiences from which they develop self-confidence, increase motor function, and have fun. Offers age appropriate programming on Cape Cod for children and young adults diagnosed with down syndrome, chromosomal abnormalities, cerebral palsy, genetic disorders and other cognitive and physical disabilities. Classes are taught by certified instructors/ therapists with expertise in various disciplines. Programs are offered on a sliding scale fee based on the family’s ability to pay. To learn more about Therapy and the Performing Arts programs please email office@thegenfound.org.
Phone: 781-466-9555

TILL Autism Support Center – Social programs for those with autism spectrum disorders. Programs include exciting Family Fun Days that include apple picking, rock climbing, sledding, in-door gym time, zoo trips, holiday parties and much more.
Contact: Joshua Lyons, Autism Services Coordinator  joshua.lyons@tillinc.org
Phone: 781-302-4600 or
Email: info@tillinc.org.

TopSoccer Program / Outreach Program for Soccer – Is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with a mental or physical disability. For additional information or would like to start a TOPSoccer Program in your community.
Email: specialprograms@mayouthsoccer.org

Town Recreation Departments:  Most programs are open to participants from neighboring towns. Call your local area city or town recreation department to find out if it has special programming for children with disabilities.

Trail Link – Has a listing of wheelchair accessible trails in Massachusetts

YMCAs are accessible and offer a range of classes. Call your local YMCA to find out what programs are available.
Greater Boston
Find Your local YMCA by zip code

  • The Lowell YMCA “Adaptive Aquatics Program” accommodates children with mild to moderate neurological, physical, or social challenges.  Register in person or by phone at 978-454-7825.
  • Oak Square YMCA of Greater Boston at 615 Washington St, Brighton has a new adaptive fitness room & offers Adapted Adult Specialty Fitness Partnership Program on Wednesday and Saturday 11AM – 12:30PM on the Fitness Floor.  Contact Maura Krueger, Personal Trainer and Wellness Coordinator, krueger@ymcaboston.com, 617-787-8678.
  • Hopkinton YMCA offers seasonal specialized programs.  “Aim High” archery program and “Rock On!” is an outdoor ropes course and rock climbing for individuals with autism spectrum disorders or related social communication disorders. Located at 45 East Street in Hopkinton.

YMCA Partnership Programs:

  • South Shore YMCA “Partnership Program” is designed specifically for persons with physical disabilities who are interested in a structured exercise program.  Sheryl Rosa, Partnership Program Director, will design the member’s exercise program and train the volunteer.  Located at 79 Coddington Street in Quincy.  Contract Sheryl Rosa at 617-479-8500 x 148, srosa@ssymca.org
  • Oak Square YMCA of Greater Boston “Partnership Program” Contact Maura Krueger, personal trainer, health and wellness coordinator, about program.  Oak Square YMCA also has adaptive fitness room. Volunteers will work one-on-one to help each individual reach their fitness goals in a group setting.  Phone:  617-787-8678 or email at mkruger@ymcaboston.org.  Located at 615 Washington Street in Brighton.
  • Torigan Family YMCA Partnership Program is a recreational, non-clinical program designed specifically for persons with disabilities who are interested in a structured exercise program. Our program serves individuals that need specialized, adaptive exercise equipment and/or one-on-one assistance. Our CIFT certified trainers work with participants and their training partners to design workouts that improve or maintain physical ability to stay active in sports, recreation or activities of daily living. This program is recreational in nature and not to be considered rehabilitation. Physician approval required.

WaterFire Access Program – A water-taxi program at Dyer Street Dock in Providence Rhode Island which provides an unforgettable experience of the art work for children and adults with disabilities to assure that they can join in the most popular arts event in the state and share the experience with their families and friends. Reservations are required.  Each Water Fire Access passenger can bring along one companion.
Phone:  401-273-1155 x141 on Wed & Thurs between 10am & 3pm.

Waypoint Adventures – Waypoint Adventure programs are uniquely adapted to accommodate people with a wide range of disabilities. All programs are custom tailored to be responsive to the diverse needs of individuals and groups.
Contact: Dan Minnich
Email: info@waypointadventure.org or dminnich@waypointadventure.org

Wheelchair Sports & Recreation Association – Offers information about beach wheelchairs, biking, boating and more!
Voice: 850.333.7318 (Florida)
email: wheerus@aol.com

Whole Children – Offers movement, art, recreation, and music programs for infants, children and teens of all abilities. Located in Hadley.
Contact: Carrie McGee, Director
Phone: 413-585-8010

Recreation Blog
Everyone Outdoors has useful information and all year round recreational opportunities. Marcy Marchello designed this blog to be a “go-to” resource for people with disabilities, their friends and family. Here you’ll find accessible places to visit and things to do, from a quiet nature walk to adventurous excursions such as sailing in Boston Harbor or hiking in a state park. Personal stories, program opportunities, equipment reviews and more are featured, covering a wide range of disability and recreation experiences.

Additional Links

Camps and Recreation
This page provides information on resources for including children of all abilities in sports activities.

Physical Activity and Recreation Resource Guide Massachusetts (Updated May 2015) (PDF)

Access Recreation Boston – Connecting people with disabilities to accessible recreation opportunities

 

Fact Sheet last updated on: 2/15/2017