Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in New England

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

“From a romantic weekend getaway to a vacation at a family resort, a trip to New England takes you to a distinctly American region rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.” (Source: VisitNewEngland.com)

All Out Adventures (Massachusetts)

“All Out Adventures (AOA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and was founded in 2001 by two people with physical disabilities and two former Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) employees trained in outdoor recreation programs.  One of the Founders continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Since our founding in 2001, we have paddled, hiked, skied, skated, camped, and more with thousands of people at hundreds of programs throughout Massachusetts.  Our programs are open to people of all ages, experience levels, and abilities. Most of our programs are either no cost to participants or are a very nominal fee.  As we break down the barriers to participation in outdoor recreation, we strive to ensure that cost is not a barrier.”
Website: http://www.alloutadventures.org
Email: info@alloutadventures.org
Phone: 413.527.8980

Spaulding Rehab Network Adaptive Sports Centers (Massachusetts)

“The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network is dedicated to enabling individuals of all abilities to lead active, healthy lifestyles. Participation in sports and recreational pursuits helps to make this possible. Spaulding Adaptive Sports programs began in Boston and on Cape Cod in 2001 and in the North Shore in 2010. Since then, programming has expanded in these regions to include a broad range of land- and water-based adaptive sporting activities, all delivered with careful attention to value of sports and fitness in the rehabilitation process. Spaulding now offers adaptive sports and recreation programs from Cape Ann to Cape Cod.”
Website: http://www.spauldingnetwork.org/services/inpatient/adaptive-sports.aspx


Vermont Adaptive (Vermont)

“Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. Vermont Adaptive promotes independence and furthers equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding, and more. We serve clients of all abilities with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities from all over the world in three locations in Vermont during the winter – Killington Resort and Pico Mountain in Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley in Bolton. Summer programs are provided state-wide.”
Website: www.vermontadaptive.org
Phone: 802.786.4991
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Adaptive-Ski-Sports/91655724291


AbilityPlus Adaptive Sports (Vermont & New Hampshire)

“AbilityPLUS adaptive sports programs are tailored to the needs of participating individuals. Staff and volunteers have backgrounds in education, special education, physical and occupational therapy as well as the legal and medical fields. Volunteers from all backgrounds receive extensive training and participate in ongoing workshops to keep them current on the most recent adaptive techniques and specialized equipment.”

Program activities include but are not limited to:

  • Alpine skiing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Equestrian
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Waterskiing
  • Swimming

Website: www.abilityplus.org
Email:  info@abilityplus.org
Phone: 800.287.8415
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AbilityPlusAdaptive

 

Sail to Prevail (Newport, RI)

“Operating in several states, Sail To Prevail teaches over 1,500 people with disability the skills of sailing in our fleet of specially adapted sailboats each year. The Sail To Prevail fleet includes five 20-foot “Freedom” sailboats, 23-foot “Sonars,” a “Martin 16,” and most unique, “EASTERNER” a 66-foot, handicap-accessible, America’s Cup racing boat – the only one of its kind. Our programs strongly encourage disabled individuals to be active participants, steering the boat as well as opportunities to grind winches and trim sails. The measurable outcomes demonstrate self-confidence, leadership and teamwork. First time and experienced sailors are welcome at Sail To Prevail. Our program is available to all people with disabilities and has programs designed to meet specific needs.”

Website: www.sailtoprevail.org
Phone: 401-849-8898
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sail-To-Prevail-The-National-Disabled-Sailing-Program/187998341211044

 

National Parks Golden Access Passport 

National and state parks are abound in New England 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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