Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in Massachusetts

These accessible travel suggestions are part of the 2012 Get Out & Enjoy Life program that is a joint educational initiative between UroMed’s motivational program – Life After Spinal Cord Injury, and SPORTS ‘N SPOKES magazine, published by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  For more details on the Get Out & Enjoy Life event, please see: http://pvamag.com/sns/article/4772/get_out_enjoy_life_2012

Massachusetts has been at the forefront of American history for well over 250 years. The Pilgrims came ashore in 1620, and Massachusetts became the site of the first Thanksgiving in the fall of 1621. Today, Massachusetts is hope to beautiful Cape Cod and several other beautiful landmarks.

 

Piers Park Adaptive  Sailing 

“The Adaptive Sailing Program at Piers Park Sailing Center is a nationally recognized non-profit sailing program which has served over one thousand people with disabilities since the program’s inception in 2007.  In 2009, US Sailing awarded PPSC as the Best Community Program for disabled sailors. In 2010, we were honored to be designated a Paralympic Sports Club. PPSC’s program objectives are to empower our sailors with disabilities to realize their recreational goals using adapted teaching methods and a full array of adapted equipment.  Our sailors tell us that while learning the important sailing skills, they are rewarded with a sense o-f confidence while being challenged by the sport of sailing.”

Website: http://piersparksailing.org/adaptive-sailing
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pierspark
Phone: 617-561-6677
Email: info@piersparksailing.org 

 

Courageous Adaptive Sailing

These programs have produced regional, national and even world champions!  At Courageous, members of these populations (mostly youth and young adults) gain a variety of physical, social, and psychological benefits, many of which are unique to the experience of sailing itself. While sailing in majesticBostonHarbor, participants build skills in teamwork, physical coordination, self-reliance, abstract thought, and leadership as well as technical knowledge of a dynamic sport.

Website: http://www.courageoussailing.org/howtohelp/-adaptive-sailing-
Facebook: http://www.courageoussailing.org/howtohelp/-adaptive-sailing-
Phone: 617.242.3821

 

Access Sport America

Offers: windsurfing, kayaking, rowing/sculling, outrigger canoeing, water-skiing, kite sailing as well as rock/wall climbing, cycling and soccer for people with disabilities.

Website: http://www.accessportamerica.org/
Phone: 978.264.0985

All Out Adventures

All Out Adventures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote health, community, and independence for people with disabilities and their family and friends through outdoor recreation. There are several programs and opportunities for people with disabilities, so check them out and join in on the fun!

Website: http://www.alloutadventures.org/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/All-Out-Adventures/10951968427
Phone: 413.527.8980

Inclusive and Adaptive

The Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program at the Sudbury Park & Recreation Department is committed to providing year round, affordable, community based programming for individuals with disabilities. The Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program offers a comprehensive and varied program of public recreation activities, services, as well as resources for residents. Recognizing the importance of recreation and leisure in the lives of all community members, the adaptive sports and recreation programs strives to improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities through continued and successful involvement in sports and recreation programs.

Website: http://sudbury.ma.us/departments/Inclusive
 Phone: 978-639-3257

 

National Parks Golden Access Passport 

National and state parks are abound in Massachusetts and many offer a broad range of accessible including campgrounds, fishing spots, trails and picnic areas.  For travelers with disabilities, the Golden Access Passport is free and gives users free entry to all national parks, plus 50% off fees for the uses of many park facilities and services.   To get a Golden Access pass, you must show proof of age, US citizenship or permanent residency and proof of disability.  You can request your Golden Access Pass by mail or by internet.

To order passes by mail:

National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington DC 20240
202-208-4747

To order online, visit www.nps.gov

 

Thank you to our sponsors:
This project was supported by a variety of sponsors that we’d like to thank, including:

 


 

About the Author: Lindsey Beacham, from Atlanta, serves as Marketing Coordinator for UroMed. She graduated from Auburn University with a B.A. in Criminology and from Georgia State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. When she’s not busy with marketing or studying for additional degrees, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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