Accessible Travel and Outdoor Programs in New York

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

“Visitors to New York State who venture both downstate and upstate have an array of options unequaled elsewhere in the country. Besides the urban allure, culture, and shopping of Manhattan, much of New York State is still, in many ways, waiting to be discovered on a grand scale. The state is endowed with outstanding beauty and diversity of scenery from one end to the other. Although New Yorkers have long vacationed in the Catskill and Adirondack mountains, and at Long Island beaches, most have seen too little of the state between its tourist bookends, New York City and Niagara Falls.

The historic Hudson Valley, a majestic river lined with elegant estates, is finally positioning itself as a destination, not just a day trip from the city. The great wilderness of the Adirondack and Catskill mountains is magnificent for outdoors and sporting vacations, but those spots are also home to the easygoing charms of small towns. The pristine glacial-lake beauty and outstanding wineries of the Finger Lakes make it one of the state’s most spectacular, yet lesser-known destinations. And Long Island is home to splendid sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches, but also the gulf of New York economic extremes, ranging from blue-collar immigrant enclaves to palatial summer homes in the Hamptons.” (Source: Frommers.com)


Adaptive Sports Foundation

“ASF students are five years of age and older and live with disabilities ranging from relatively mild learning disabilities to more severe disabilities such as paralysis, autism, amputation, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury. Founded in 1984, the Foundation’s work promotes physical activity for children and adults with disabilities by offering winter programs for recreational skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, yoga and personal fitness.

Additionally, the ASF supports a competitive race team for athletes with both physical and cognitive challenges, as well as a 12-week residential competition program for Paralympic eligible athletes.

The ASF Summer Program includes paddling, windsurfing, fly fishing, cycling, fitness training, yoga, golf and waterskiing.”
Website: http://www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org/
Phone: (518) 734-5070
Email: asfwindham@mhcable.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/asfwindham

 

 

Y-Knot Sailing

“Participation in a sport like sailing builds confidence and self-esteem, while it challenges the whole person. Y-Knot is all about sailing — regardless of your experience or physical abilities. If you’re someone with a disability looking for a new challenge, or an able-bodied sailor interested in seeing your sport in a completely new light, contact us. We’ll be happy to share our dream with you and demonstrate how sailing lets us “leave our disabilities on the shore.””
Website: http://www.yknotsailing.org/
Phone: (518) 656-9462

 

Accessible Niagara

“Getting out and about is important. It helps keep us sane. Whether you live in Niagara or want to visit as a tourist, if you’re mobility impaired, this site will help you choose your accessible destinations.”
Website: http://www.accessibleniagara.com/

 

Mid Hudson Valley Camp

The Mid-Hudson Valley Camp is an American Camp Association certified summer camp that serves a diverse group of people. What started as a one-week summer session for children with disabilities in the 1970s has blossomed into a nine-week camp program that caters to the needs of children and adults with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities, deaf children, children living with cancer, pediatric patients from Harlem Hospital’s Family Care Center, and inner-city students. For over 35 years, the camp has served hundreds of persons with disabilities and continues to provide children, teens, and adults with a joy-filled summer camp experience.
Website: http://esopuscamps.com/

 

Wheelchair Dance Sports

“The mission of Wheelchair Dancesport U.S.A. as a non profit association, is to promote, initiate and stimulate the growth and development of Wheelchair Dancesport in the United States of America.

This is accomplished by providing wheelchair dance programs, organizing classes, performances, training camps and seminars for those serving children and adults with disabilities, as well as supporting recreational and competitive wheelchair dancers and able-bodied dancers. This emphasizes to the public the healthful aspects of wheelchair ballroom dancing; its physical, mental and social benefits.”
Website: http://www.wheelchairdancesportusa.org/WELCOME_TO_WEEHCHAIR_DANCE.html
Phone: (845) 225-7941

 

Accessible NYC

Our goal is to establish a coalition of public and private partners dedicated to serving the disability community that can be comprised of businesses committed to serving travelers with disabilities.

 To create an informed and thorough process and infrastructure, Accessible NYC plans to engage at least the following groups of stakeholder partners to achieve its goals, namely public agencies & their constituencies, non-profits who serve the disability community, the disability community itself, and the businesses and providers who serve the disability community.”
Website: http://accessiblenyc.org/
Phone: 718-507-0500

Email: edkelley@accessiblenyc.com

National Parks Golden Access Passport 

National and state parks are abound in New York 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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